Silver Birch

Oldest and tallest tree in the garden

Nurturing fungi at its base

Surrounded by moss

And wild flowers

The blackened and rugged trunk

Stretches up its warty limbs

Shedding bark like silvery tissue

To its faded yellow canopy

Where woodpecker and owl

Sit among its drooping branches

And tangled masses of witch’s brooms

Symbol of renewal

Driving out spirits of the old year

Keeping the garden pure

Silver Birch

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