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Yews sentried along the slopes observe
The timed collapse of autumn
Oak, Ash, split trunk of Birch
Caught in the funereal pre-winter grip,
Patinas of leaves decomposing into mulch
Cordite skeletons in amber, bronze and rust
Lobed margins of atomised chlorophyll
In the shaded periphery
The memory of flowers has faded
Surpassed by the mechanics of death and rebirth
An unbroken covenant of nature
Where fern and fungi flourish
In the unploughed  fathoms below
Fallen Beeches, waist coated with moss
Mark the jurisdiction of field and meadow
A brown swathe of farmland
The open siege of pasture.
Trees crowd its
Avenues of dendrology
Spring buds chambered
In naked boughs.

2012