Vivienne Tregenza is a Cornish poet published in Cornish New Poetries, Broken Sleep Books (2022). Winner of the Poetry on the Lake competition (Formal), shortlisted/commended in many competitions over the years, now finishing her first collection.
how fragrant its blossoms were!
Hyldemoer by Hans Christian Anderson
How they lit up the hedgerows!
How they came, unexpected
and fragile as snow in April.
My gnarled trunk, my branches remember
those first blossoms.
The sap rising in my green shoots
made me yearn to stretch
my wind-stroked limbs
towards the sky’s mysterious blue.
It drew me like water.
I am old now. Half hollow. Leave me
the dark fruits of my endeavours. Let me
soak up the rain.
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