Tentative buds uncurl, barely seen

Against lime sunlight

Finally piercing the mist

Gold-flecked with shining insects

Dancing through columns

Of crepuscular green


Frozen memories still hold fast

Undermining summer dreams

Held desperately in the tips

Of shrivelled branches desperate

For warmth and new strength,

For winter wasn’t meant to last


Sun shone on the rain, which fell on sun

Weeks of peace while leaves

Grew strong and fluttered

Dappled shade for friendly heads

An everyday triumph;

The cold season hadn’t won


Yet at the core, rotten instability

Bites through twisted roots

Still too immature to hold

Gnawing at the wooden soul;

Quaking, imminent destruction

Foiling dreams of the canopy


In view of pitying eyes

With crashing heard

By those with ears to hear

The tree reveals itself                                                      rise

A fraud – of little worth                                        shoots

Yet from the kindling, a quiet surprise: new







10 comments on “Fraudulentree

  1. zoebyrd says:

    crepuscular… At first I was going to accuse you of making that one up but then I looked it up and realized… youre a buggie girl!!!! And the only person talented enough to work in a word like that into a poetic form… what’s next absquatulate?

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    • lrconsiderer says:

      Lightie, actually – referring to the way the light turns into shafts (particularly visible at sunrise and sunset when the sun shines through the edges of clouds, showing visible rays across the skies…but yes – it works rather nicely for both 😉 )

      Merci beaucoup – it’s all about active and passive vocabs, dahling! I have NO idea what word you just sneezed at me, and must run for my dictionary…


  2. So here we are, presented with something to (ahem) consider. To read and read again, to appreciate for the language, to seek to understand the metaphor and the imagery. You’ve done it. A good effort, Lizzi with no e.

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  3. I loved the way the picture went with your words. So pretty and sad and then happy.

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  4. sarah says:

    Beautiful Lizz! It’s so easy to judge from the outside!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I really like this one, thank you for sharing it!

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