Golden every wych way

Anne M. Carson

 

Golden wych elm: Ulmus glabra Lutescens

 

Each leaf is a lens filtering light into the tree’s

ample aura; taffeta greens shot through with

 

clean citrus tones. Foliage that steps the sun

down into wattage soft and soothing enough

 

to do you good. Just to look is botanical

baptism. Behind the new leaves are older,

 

darker leaves; deep bottle-green which cup

new growth the way a florist cuffs flowers

 

in a posy – darker outlines lending depth,

definition, three dimensionality. A comely

 

arrangement by someone who knows her

aesthetics – symmetry, balance, how to use

 

shadow so the feature stands out. The light

and the dark of leaves is a philosophy the tree

 

imparts; the new coming into being, the old

falling away, no longer in the limelight.

 

Anne M. Carson is a widely published Melbourne writer. She is currently looking for a publisher for a verse biogrpahy about Dr Felix Kersten, masseur to Heinrich Himmler. She knew of Martin Harrison only by reputation until his death when she discovered his work, experiencing a deep sense of recognition.

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