Tree wealth

I still haven’t surfaced from antiquity. If anyone is going to understand why, it’s the Oracle.

blue sky and blossom

Wind blows bare from pole to pole,
playing dark red, wine red, blood and poppy red
music with the bones of the trees,
and the moon sleeps in the sky,
rocked in a cradle of stars.

Time was we worshiped
the waxing and waning
of the tidal streams, the rising of milk,
sources and rushing watercourses,
the raw cutting shoots of spring.

We swim now in other seas,
where the sun shines relentlessly,
beauty is in the glitter of diamonds,
the wealth of bank vaults
and injections beneath the skin.

I watch the bud tips,
listen to the singing,
cling to these swaying branches,
good enough for white blossom
and the fluttering of blackbirds.


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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.

20 thoughts on “Tree wealth”

      1. Just keep telling yourself it’s irrational. I’d love to be offered it. Our eldest child is expecting her first baby and our first grandchild next month and it would be wonderful if we could have a family gathering without being worried about catching the virus. But we’re no higher up the list than our children.

  1. I love the image of being rocked in the cradle of stars. It echoes what the Oracle was telling me.

    Life was not simpler or easier in antiquity, but thr riches were free to all. (K)

    1. Yes, I thought all of our poems had the same message. Yours and Merrils are particularly close.
      Life was hellish in antiquity especially for women. About 30% of women died in childbirth or pregnancy. The difference between matriarchies and patriarchies must have been massive though. I know which I’d choose.

  2. Beautiful. I love the star cradle. 😀
    We do have similar messages. I need to read Kerfe’s now.

    I hope you do get the vaccine soon. From what I heard on the news today, it sounds bad in France. I’m wondering if we’ll see a rise in cases here after spring breaks and Easter/Passover. I’m getting my second vaccine this week.

    1. Thank you 🙂
      I don’t think we’ll get the vaccine any time soon. There isn’t enough to go round, and we’re no higher up the list than the children. It’s getting bad in some parts of France. The youngest is in one of the regions that are partially locked down for the next month. Italy and Germany are having it really bad, worse then here, I think.

  3. “We swim now in other seas” and are the worse for it. Your closing stanza lifted me right up. I have a blossoming tree full of birds outside my window – that is where my wealth resides. Wonderful writing, Jane!

    1. Thanks Sherry. I know exactly what you mean. In the morning after I’ve done the the dog and the cats, I see to the birds outside. The evening ritual this winter has been leaving a selection of edible stuff out for whoever wants it: vegetables, fruit, cheese rinds, walnuts hazelnuts, fish skins, eggs, bread, dog biscuit or cat biscuit. It all goes. There’s a badger track developed up from the stream to the house and a fox has taken to waiting for me to appear, about 20 yards from the house. Beating the badger to it. If the neighbours knew I was feeding foxes they’d be round here with their pitchforks!

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