To celebrate Arbor Day 2018 I’m celebrating Arbor Day by posting a poem about trees.

The Trees

by Philip Larkin

The Eagle Tree
The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

from The Collected Poems (Faber, 1993)

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Larkin’s poem was part of the inspiration for my novel THE EAGLE TREE