On freeing a walnut tree from an invasive fig tree

The dverse quadrille this week has to include the word ‘set’. I have spent a goodly part of today wandering about in a badger’s set (virtually, for the purposes of a story) so I had to join in even if the poem isn’t about a badger’s home at all.

Fig and walnut

While it is wet

it will not set

but the clay


is dry as bone

and alone

I cannot dig

around the fig

to get it out.

No sprout will shoot

nor root

delve beneath this tree

if I can’t get it free.


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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.

35 thoughts on “On freeing a walnut tree from an invasive fig tree”

  1. I enjoyed the rhymes and the short lines, Jane, like a spade hitting dry clay. I’ve not seen fig and walnut trees in a natural setting, only at Kew Gardens. What lovely trees to have in your own garden, and the perfect ingredients for a cake or dessert!

    1. The fig trees are considered weed trees here. In fact there are a lot of walnut trees in the hedges too. The fruit of both is delicious though, better than the market produce.

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