Writings and Witterings

Hobgoblin Trees


…and here is the long listed poem that I’ll be reading on Friday at Covent Garden (yikes!) weather permitting, of course…

Hobgoblin Trees

See the way the shadows flee,
on a face turned to the sun,
arms outstretched, hobgoblin trees
reach for skies soul-darkened, done.
Spring will come as come it may,
see the way the shadows flee
anemone attention.
Frost, a pale, earnest ballet,
arms outstretched. Hobgoblin trees,
battered now by wind, by tongue,
lengthened in season’s decay.
See the way the shadows flee.
Water stretches wild and fey,
frozen edge tiptoes away,
arms outstretched, hobgoblin trees.
See the depths old frost descends
with his face turned to the sun,
see the way the shadows flee,
arms outstretched, hobgoblin trees.

Polly Stretton Β© 2013


19 thoughts on “Hobgoblin Trees

  1. Wonderful, Polly. I love the repetition of the line ‘See the way the shadows flee’ – becomes hypnotic as the poem goes on. Congratulations on the longlisting and Covent Garden gig. Fingers crossed the weather doesn’t do anything to spoil it!


    • Whether the weather will lead to train cancellations, that’s the issue… hope we can get there!
      Thanks for your comments, Lindsay. I like the ‘hypnotic’ aspect πŸ˜‰


  2. I absolutely love this poem. Have fun on Friday, Polly.



  3. Love the poem Polly! May the weather faeries be with you! πŸ™‚

    Perhaps I can send you some of our sunshine?


  4. Super Polly, I can see those trees now, even from my desk!


  5. Oh I love it! Covent Garden – ooo you lucky sausage πŸ™‚ Have a fab time and bring us some photos back πŸ˜€


  6. Wonderful poetry, Polly! Good luck at Covent Garden… just enjoyyyyy! πŸ™‚


  7. Pingback: Slants of Light readings and photos | Polly

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