Twisted

Ghostly, slender trees
sprawling across the blue skies
like varicose veins.

Natural succession

Winter morning walk, Canberra
One morning in Winter, Canberra

With a trim, fit sheen,
paving a path to progress—
trees changing seasons.

Unwanted

Scarred, marred, and thorny
relationships; cast aside,
felled trees on sidewalks.

Family

Winter morning in Canberra
Winter morning in Canberra

Wintry sun, the son,
radiating defiance,
against trees, parents.

The elders

Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne

Shrivelling over time,

crippling under the world’s weight—

the ageing, the tree.