Monday, 16 January 2017

Pine (January)

The streets are alive with the sight of hacked pines. Sharp and resinous forms, glossy as gossip, turn inward and auburn in January heat. They lounge on the lawn between footpath and gutter, nowhere to go. Their pinnacle hosted an angel, their base was once well-rooted. Leaving behind needled neutralised soil, they have little to celebrate now, shook out as Binsey poplars, their moment of incarnation used-by, their core interest destined for the woodheap. What did their buyers see in them that wasn’t glistered with tinsel? Dead, as said, will someone come to end their disintegration? Their soon-to-be swift drift.
The remains of the Christmas tree at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne. Photograph: Amanda Witt

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