Green the rushes by the lake

and green the oak leaves hanging

still through lashing rain

and through the gale that scatters

the golden dust of summer

the red and russet debris

of another fading year.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

6 thoughts on “Oak”

  1. Our oak leaves are still hanging too, but the acorns! I remember hearing as a child that many acorns meant a hard winter…the trees were anticipating trouble. (K)

    1. They make such a noise, like a hail shower when they fall. There are lots of different kinds of oak, but the one I was thinking of was the one that doesn’t lose its leaves at all. Even when they die, they hang on.

      1. I sometimes see trees that have brown leaves all winter, but I never knew that some species did it on a regular basis. Now I’ll look closer at them.

      2. It’s called marcescence. Some types of oak do it and some other trees. Hornbeam I think. When you have a varied woodland, even in the middle of winter there are green, brown and russet leaves to liven up the bare black boughs.

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