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1 Apr, 2023

This Leaf

UTF Creative writing image for JW workshop

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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  • APA style reference

    Dedman, P. (2023). This Leaf. walk · listen · create. https://walklistencreate.org/2023/04/01/this-leaf/

    2023 Urban Tree festival Long list of the "Secrets of the Trees" themed writing competition.

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