New Growth by Lynn White

The trees are bare now
revealing all
in the winter light.
Or so it seems.
But they can still hide secrets,
unexpected traces
of their secret lives,
and the seeds of more to come.
And every tree is different.
Some are firmly rooted
even when the ice melts
and the ground softens
in the winter sun.
Others have wider horizons
and are making their plans
Getting ready to branch out.
Every tree is different.
Some can act as a womb
for an embryonic form
waiting to develop.
Perhaps a parasite
in search of a new host.
Or a new growth.
reluctant to form branches
to match it’s parent.
Maybe it never will be a match,
but always an alien
With an unknown future
And then,
maybe the new will branch
from the belly of another alien
and leave it’s roots behind
as it makes tracks in the snow,
We must wait and see.
Every tree is different.

© 2018 Lynn White


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Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been widely published. Find Lynn at:


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