Category Archives: Poetry

A perfect day among urban trees

Philly Trees:

Have you ever seen a photo of a newborn mammal? The way the light shines through the pink flesh, through the transparent eyelids and through the doughy snouts, a field of stars shining through every new finger and toe?

It shines through the new leaves in the same way.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the leaves…

A-B-Tree / A-B-Craobh

willow catkins at cybercrofter

willow catkins (from cybercrofter)

In the Scottish Highlands, Mandy Haggith at cybercrofter is celebrating the International Year of the Forest with a fascinating project, exploring the ancient links between the Gaelic alphabet and trees in Scotland, with ecology, folklore, practical tree knowledge and creative writing. “I have now completed 18 creative writing events, one for each tree associated with a letter of the Gaelic alphabet,” she writes.

So that’s phase 1 of the project complete, and now I’m getting under way with phase 2, which is to gather all of the information I have collected about the trees and write it up. Quite what form that writing will take is still pretty fluid, and I’m open to suggestions.

Stop by to read her ideas and weigh in. The project, called, A-B-Tree / A-B-Craobh, also has its own webpage.

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