The Old Gum Tree

The Old Gum Tree.

It grew beside the family home,
sheltered the house yard gate,
its mottled trunk was wide of girth
but it grew tall and straight.

Its pedigree was in the scars
gouged into the bark –
a light canoe for fishing –
where Koories left their mark;

Initials were carved inside a heart,
predating World War One,
young lovers of so long ago,
their story left unsung.

A lightning strike bleached one limb,
there the crows would park,
cawing at the cockatoos,
when they sheltered after dark.

We built our castle in that tree,
played hookey in its shade,
gobbling stolen cookies
our mother had just made.

The farm’s been sold years ago,
our house was moved to town,
the old red gum survived us all -
the tallest tree around.
© waarnie, 14th June, 2008.

The Old Gum Tree

waarnie

Joined April 2008

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