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In The Stump of The Old Tree, Poem By : Hugh Sykes Davies

The old tree
The old Tree at Coolagh, county Kilkenny
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

In The Stump of The Old Tree

By Hugh Sykes Davies

In the stump of the old tree, where the heart has rotted out, there is a hole the length of a man’s arm, and a dank pool at the bottom of it where the rain gathers, and the old leaves turn into lacy skeletons. But do not put your hand down to see, because

in the stumps of old trees, where the hearts have rotted out, there are holes the length of a man’s arm, and dank pools at the bottom where the rain gathers and old leaves turn to lace, and the beak of a dead bird gapes like a trap. But do not put your hand down to see, because

in the stumps of old trees with rotten hearts, where the rain gathers and the laced leaves and the dead bird like a trap, there are holes the length of a man’s arm, and in every crevice of the rotten wood grow weasel’s eyes like molluscs, their lids open and shut with the tide. But do not put your hand down to see, because

in the stumps of old trees where the rain gathers and the trapped leaves and the beak and the laced weasel’s eyes, there are holes the length of a man’s arm, and at the bottom a sodden bible written in the language of rooks. But do not put your hand down to see, because

in the stumps of old trees where the hearts have rotted out there are holes the length of a man’s arm where the weasels are trapped and the letters of the rook language are laced on the sodden leaves, and at the bottom there is a man’s arm. But do not put your hand down to see, because

in the stumps of old trees where the hearts have rotted out there are deep holes and dank pools where the rain gathers, and if you ever put your hand down to see, you can wipe it in the sharp grass till it bleeds, but you’ll never want to eat with it again.

5 responses

  1. Wow! And it’s still putting forth leaves!

    June 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    • Hello Rene 🙂 🙂

      Yes , trees are just amazing as they survive almost anything.

      Its the new bark that grows on the outside each year that passes the water up to the branches, the inner wood is not used anymore really , It does provide support.

      We had about 10 bad stores last winter and the old tree still stands 🙂 🙂

      June 10, 2014 at 10:44 pm

  2. Hm. I had a whole different take on that image, Nigel! But I did love that tale just the same. I think you’re in a mood. lol I think that is my fave tree image ever….for now.

    June 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    • Hello Elen 🙂 🙂 🙂

      I love that side of images and art , things can mean so many different things to different people – that’s Great and Perfect!!!

      Me I a Mood , How dear you , Hahahahaha !!!

      🙂 🙂 🙂

      June 10, 2014 at 10:47 pm

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