This Leaf

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Long listed for the 2023 Urban Tree festival writing competition

This leaf is from
the gum tower
parched with the 
antipodean habit of thirst, 
sending suctorial root- 
snakes lickety-split,
deep down under, 
slipping and winding, 
sucking dry the garden.

Oh they slither
and slip, splitting the bricks, 
scour the mortar,
shifting and heaving
the heft of the house.

A storm cracks
shaking the crow boats
from the sea of leaves; 
shattering the spindle fingers 
of the branches,
rattling and scattering
a yellow slew of spears.

The rogue Ghost is faultless
but unkindly placed:
a migrant spire retrieving the sun 
from a grey English sky.

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  • Penny Dedman

    Penny Dedman

    Penny Dedman lives in London, and is a writer who was reunited with her first loves, poetry and the turn of the world, during Lockdown.


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