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