Hugh Sexey - Wassail
The crooked tree

Laced with moss
Thick and moist
Covered with bark
Rotten and old
Overgrown with branches
Twisted and icy
Battered and bent
That old crooked tree.
-- Jessica Searle --

Where has the sun gone ?

I stand, I wait,
Only a cold wind cuts across my face
Bare branches wither
The trampled grass quivers
As the sun floated away.

Although there are murky colours,
And the trees creak in the breeze
Only crisp, spiky shapes are shown
The wind leaves its mark when it blows
But the beauty of the orchard still lies.
-- Eve Taschimowitz --

Orchard Spring

The winter wind whips at our hands and faces
The dull grey sky looms low overhead
But there's a reason why we are here
Something special is in the orchard, something beautiful
Something older than you and me but yet young and fiery.
We are not here for the fresh air or exercise
We've come to see the trees of the orchard
Stripped of their leaves and apples
But still standing strong with pride.
The only colour comes from the grass and the twining ivy
Covering the tree like a full head of shaggy hair
Daffodils bloom, butter cups twinkle
This dull place is teeming with life gearing up for spring.
-- Hannah Puddy --

Group Poems

Still and quiet
The orchard lies asleep
Resting, just calmly resting
In the freezing winter breeze.
-- Hesham Afifi --

The daffodil

Bright yellow, dark green
Dancing in the grass, you'll see
Covered in rain drops
Moist and wet
See her in the springtime
I'll bet.
-- Jessica Searle --

Grey clouds cover the sky

Grey clouds cover the sky
Daffodils come up
Trees wither and lie down
As I stare at the farm below.

The wind cuts across my face
Flooded fields on the moor ahead
Lush green grass
But the leaves have fled.

Randomly, primroses and teasels dot the orchard
A horse jumps around frantically
Magic colours, some dull, some bright
Make up these trees. Dark as night.

Green ivy climbs up old branches
Lush green grass is up to my knees
Grey clouds cover the sky
As I stare at the farm below.
-- Sam Jones --

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