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Peter Larkin - poem extract

Peter Larkin

from "Bushily the Trees"


Unspurnables no anti-
tallness, just branch-
social singularities
pocket-sprung, single-
stem on a roll between
wood-laden however
pierced at sphere
where unsought
trees are over-bush-
ing ground berries

Is there a path from broken neck to bushhead?     is it the surround-band?     not oblique seal but indirect reel?
From bushes to tree its colonising column or greater the bespoke spread, resilient incurve
Bush outseeding trees along their own branch-poke    local crests do alert cluster

A tree huddling its
bush before the
tuned up, slightly
startled but still
bush-prone sheltering
its tree-radicals
does cloud round
with correlative tapers,
no such rush to
bush once at the top
of its tree-brow

Like a drone among masts preaching the new green murk     pass a prayer along well-tagged mass, snatch no labels


Boast of a bush
is its tree-shot,
coasts the brush-away
from being at bay
in the woods
bushy proximity
between hemisphere
and cylinder, bio-
mass at its mod-
ular transfer column
no bushing hairy enough
to strangle the pole,
no trunk squat enough
but entangles branch-roll

Soar and lull of the unhindered call to bush     not a frame or neck but clasps an alliance of no more monopoly edges     at core this must be vertical hedge
A basin of foliage caught at the branches’ lair     put a bushcoat on the hulk of it     until all levels stratify on the round
Bushing-from not globalisation but a defect the expansion stress re-offers as shelter     sustainable bulbs sounding out other native all-rounders

Keep plumping for
world, a shine off multiple
inter-blade, coppiced
a nested thicket
with all the abbreviants
of its converted curves
not really populous
given its bulbous
vanishing points

A spell of tree blotch, a swathe of spinning oak however bushlike consistent     no notches encase or pin


Root, stem, branch, each
alone can’t breed much
muster, integral tree
must be left to its
most applied freak
neither mound nor
pillow but in its wiry
way pivots a
forward light
a tree’s stare at prayer,
integral fault-line
falls on its bushface,
flickers busy attunement,
every clump in phase

If diagonal skin (leaf) it sheets even more the properties of internal basketing     the buffer-zone is everywhere tree-intimate
Bushiness less than gauze but persistent daggings of thread     anywhere the tree doesn’t pull itself to but finds itself crimping across collateral shade
How tree-limbs flock to their bushy saddling     no other en bloc condition than this, no more parallels of accretion     equivalence itself is curvilinear advice

Same on same snap
selects to a feature
of inflated coil
cordage almost afloat,
stages of tree, bush-
right is crown concession
a tree fights shy
of fellow immensity,
these private tangles
are its co-propensity

The tree’s first profile not as contrite as this final bush     stag-head but strolling rib to lateral recovery


Some sort of circum-
fission, initial
departures, but the
most roofily planted
a bushy by-robe, cribs
the huddle that augurs
density before reversion
bush-waste not quite as
stagnant as thin tree,
a portage of green to
crest, same waves
haggardly to stay

Soft ruffs adjoining the prayer of exposing coil and flex     cruise between tree-zones which message their fore-lit scrimmaging of instilment
Girdles a thatch of horizontal hill     not the belly of the tree but prolonged munching of its limbs in glandular outfold
Neither bush direct from rock, the medium itself is growing trunk exception     an exclamation now at its lateral hubbub

Field light bursting
any tree-graze, in-
flamed bushy
stretchmarks, little spurs,
one by two in layers,
no inordinate prayer
a foam less its banter,
this network or the deep
pendencies, relations
of relations to

How surrounded is a sprig or bud to be so translatable among upright stakes?     is what accompanies, not replicates, the gift of a tree

copyright © Peter Larkin, 2020

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