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Ash

Last to come into leaf

 

"Oak before ash, there will be a splash, Ash before oak, then there will be a soak"

 

Hmm, well, we will see........

 

Ash.

 

Sweet burning ash, wood for Viking boats

and for a witches broom.

Oss, its rune: the mouth, the form

resembling the growth of the tree itself,

its runic branches with upturned tips

reaching towards the sky.

Feathered leaves rustling in the breeze,

reluctant to anticipate the spring,

withholding green until the other trees are full in leaf,

retaining dry bunches of winged seeds

throughout the winter gales.

This is ash country, Odin’s ash,

image of Yggdrasil:

Oss.

 

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Taken on May 26, 2012