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‘Straggly trees’

(Homage to Banksia integrifolia)

Straggly trees
Huddling together on the cliff top
Pushed together by fierce winds
With no protection but each other
Branches and twigs intertwining
To make a firm canopy
Their pale yellow flowers defying
The searing sun, the drenching rain
Chilling winds in winter, drought
Summer after summer
Buds like small grey-green candles
Wait to bloom
Their unseen roots share secret nutrients

Today a mist hangs over the water
Huge waves crashing below send
Plumes of damp salty spray
Onto their tough, dark silvery-green leaves
They survive
Straggly trees

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