Yggdrasil is dying. I’ve seen it – branches bare as arms reaching towards the sky. Trees scream silently, carrying the heavens in their branches, weaving the world with their roots – what happens now? Yggdrasil fumbles, falls - worlds drift away - the gods slip into darkness - frost and fire and flood - and where will we find wisdom now Yggdrasil is dying? Whose arms will we hang in? Only emptiness.
Brendan at earthweal invites us to write about trees. Here in Devon, our ash trees are dying. They are such a massive, ancient part of our landscape – the countryside round here is going to look very different in 5, 10 years’ time. I’ve been part of a project called the Ode to the Ash Tree Project. As an extra bonus, here’s a video of Katy Lee performing my poem Devon Ash. You CAN watch the video – just click where it says Watch on Vimeo.