Sunday, 11 July 2010

Poetry Bus branch line



This week's task...to write a poem on something (literally ON something)...came via Dominic Rivron's place. I sort of complied...went and stuck my tree poem postcard (all recycled materials, people) in a tree (see above). If you can't make out the words properly here they are again:


Save the trees (or else)

Blend in with the trees
Make use of their breadth
Think wild, no one sees
Rediscover some depth
Sycamores have keys
So that's where they're kept
Open wide the wood door
Remember what it's for


RF 2005

It's something like a proper form (ottava rima - one of my faves) and if anyone wants a copy of the postcard and hasn't got one just send me an email and I'll see what I can do. Alternatively you can buy sets of all my 12 postcards from my website.

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32 comments:

Poet in Residence said...

Is it hidden in a cherry tree? I don't think you cheated - any more than I did :)

Rachel Fox said...

A silver birch. It would have taken me so long to have carved it on...and I wouldn't want to hurt the tree!
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hope said...

I've always loved that poem! And you didn't cheat...you were clever. :)

Totalfeckineejit said...

The postcards are greatr.And this one is at home here in the tree!

Rachel Fox said...

I have a fondness for it too, Hope. The keys bit especially.

Yes, TFE, it was a bit windy this morning but I managed to wedge it in OK.

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Gwei Mui said...

All fair in love and the poetry bus. I love it.

Dominic Rivron said...

Open wide the wood door... Excellent advice.

Your photo made me think how nice it would be to write sequence of tree poems and "install" them in a piece of woodland where people could walk around and read them.

The Bug said...

Very nice! I like trees too...

Niamh B said...

Tis a beaut of a poem and a great pic of it in situ. (That poem's been getting around!)

Poetikat said...

Oh, very good! It's cool to see this fine poem in the arms of the tree and particularly as I'm sure it's printed on recycled paper.

Kat

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks all - and yes, Dominic, I like the sound of that poems and trees business. I always liked the ways the sculptures and the trees were blended at the West Yorkshire Sculpture Park too. Basically I like anything with trees involved.
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Jeanne Iris said...

Love this, Rachel...especially the respectful manner in which you preserved the tree.

Rachel Fox said...

Just realised I'd put the date wrong (and have now amended it). Can't believe this poem is really 5 years old already!
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Helen said...

Loved your post ... I live in Oregon where trees are revered! Many folks are known as 'tree-huggers.'
(or nutty-crunchies)

Rachel Fox said...

Sound like sensible folk!
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jinksy said...

That's lateral thinking for you... I'll imagine the words carved on the tree, no problem!

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks Jinksy...reader cooperation required for this one!
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Dave King said...

Impressive, both the poem itself and its utilization for the challenge. Well done.

NanU said...

Excellent poem, Rachel, and fun to put it in situ.

Domestic Oub said...

Lovely poem - did you leave the post card there? Might someone happen upon it?

Rachel Fox said...

It was very windy, DO, so it wouldn't have stayed there long! We do get our share of the strong winds on this stretch of coastline... That tree's in our garden too so not one for passers-by as such.
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Peter Goulding said...

I could tell the poem was five years old by counting the rings.
Must look up ottava rima

Rachel Fox said...

Good one, Peter.
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Argent said...

I love the little hint of mystery with the keys and "wood door".

Domestic Oub said...

What a lovely tree to have in your garden! I'm suspecting you may not reside in suburbia...

Rachel Fox said...
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Rachel Fox said...

I'm all for mystery, Argent.

And Oub - we do have a good garden here (my Mum's pride and joy - Mum now gone of course). We don't have a lot of trees but we have this one in the back and a lovely rowan in the front. It is technically a village where we live - though it is in fact more like a suburb in many respects (it has its Stepford moments...).

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Pure Fiction said...

Both poem and postcard are gorgeous - I love the idea of the sycamore keys

Rachel Fox said...

Well, PF, as I said - email me your address and I can send you some cards, if you like.
author@crowd-pleasers.net
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Karen said...

Lovely, Rachel - card and verse and trees!

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks, Karen.
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Erratic Thoughts said...

Amen!!
I can relate to that poem...
Really a nice compilation and concept...:)
~Cheers
MD