A Gumtree

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - By NANCE BUR­NETT

In hushed seren­ity the gumtree tall, Aloof and grace­ful, stands by creek and hill, Ig­nores the wil­ful winds that wreck at will And with com­pas­sion spreads her shade for all. Within that shade there sleeps a pony small. Some cat­tle pause to chew their cuds un­til The mid­day heat has passed and then, with skill, Are gath­ered by a dog as pod­dies bawl. The weep­ing wil­low, char­coal iron­bark, The pine and deadly stran­gling fig are staid: They lack the elf who plies each pas­tel shade. Her birds now roost on leafy limb or stark; Her branches reach to­wards the set­ting sun As leafy light and shade en­twine as one.

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