Solace is a rowan tree – a poem by David Hanlon

Solace is a rowan tree

Oh rowan, mountain ash,

your smooth, silver bark
transforms
suffering into shine.

Your emerald pinnate leaves
defibrillate
possibilities of flight.

Your flowers, a sex-swirl of unity,
exhale
grace; restore dignity.

Your fruit, bursting
clusters of lifeboat-orange, detonate
stagnation.

Oh rowan, lift us with the wisdom
of your long
-lived years.

Oh rowan,
sweet mountain ash.

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David Hanlon is a welsh poet living in Cardiff. He is a Best of the Net nominee. You can find his work online in over 40 magazines, including Rust & Moth, Icefloe Press & Mineral Lit Mag. His first chapbook Spectrum of Flight is available for purchase now at Animal Heart Press.

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