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An Ancient Yew Tree

 

 An Ancient Yew Tree


 

 I met an old Yew tree in Kingley Vale a patient one with haunting face

Wearing an Hawaiian shirt and back bent double, knarled, scarred, with leaves for hair

What are you building, my good tree ‘’ Heaven ‘’ he said between you and me

From bark and leaf and bits of twig a beautiful Cathedral it will surely be

Far better than in stone that stands for too long as my roots go right down and my arms go around

Better let the things loved when little, return, when the heart finds that Great things turn brittle

Imagine a Cathedral made of branches, then imagine the sky as an empty dome

Where the birds can fill the air with songs of praise, who stay awhile longer before going home




ANCIENT YEW FOREST : KINGLEY VALE, SUSSEX, UK

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Thank you all ...yew are all beautiful too

What a beautiful Yew tree.............<br />
And yew are a beautiful person too.................. smiles

This is beautiful. If you hav'nt written a book, should. I like the line "Better let the things loved when little, return, when the heart finds that Great things turn brittle". Amazing eloquence in that statement. It's kind of how I am feeling right now.