My friend hyperionic-xmissions had a competition on deviantART, where entrants were to write a poem based on his photograph (below). This was my response.

Infared by Hyperionic-Xmissions on deviantART


Shadows haunt the trunks
Spirits boiling forth
The cries of the grand ol’ dames
Float around the saplings

They cling to the cracks
In the walls of modernity
Battling in a world
Of lost value

What will happen
When the trees stop
Breathing for us?
We pretend


The title Vård-träd is from Forest Folklore, Mythology and Romance by Alexander Porteous and means “Guardian Tree”. It is from Swedish folklore, where the health of the tree is related to the health of man.


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