The Legends of Trees
They astound you, these Colossi, close ranks of solidarity,
rallied against the startling revelations of a sun-struck world.
Rooted in chapters set down by the press of time,
they thrill you with their mighty epics, sagas of endurance
and sinew, while they rock in the crook of their rugged limbs,
the cradles of feather-wisp fledglings.
They leave you to fathom their enigma while they whisper
shush-shush lullabies to their open-mouthed secrets,
roosted in their mossy pavilions.
Sometimes, swayed by a wheedling breeze, they sigh
in a softening of resolve, splay cracking fingers to let in
a play of light. An illuminating ray sends you sifting
through a Lilliputian army of bluebells, spears of snowdrops,
oceans of periwinkle – spathes of verse rooting in the litter
of storeys, shed through the rote of seasons.
Find your fable unfurling in the mulch of legend.
Chase its tale through the spurs to the highest spires
until it leaves you breathless.
Watch it soar to the far-fetched blue.
Copyright © Stella Wulf 2016
Stella Wulf is currently working towards an MA in Creative Writing with Lancaster University. Her work has been widely published and has appeared in several anthologies including The Very Best of 52, three drops from a cauldron, and the Clear Poetry Anthology. She is also an artist and her work can be seen on her website: stellawulf.com