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An Immortal Shrub?
By
Stella M. Turk MBE

Blackthorn and Lackey moth

 

The Blackthorn or Sloe

Is quick to grow

In the high land

And the low land

In the woodland

And the moorland

And there is still more

On cliffs and the shore.

Genetically stable

Ensures it is able

To find what it needs

To bloom and set seed.

Suckers also allow it to spread

Making thickets few would tread.

Spiny armour ensures protection

Against most kinds of predation

But Lackey and Ermine can strip it bare

When millions of larvae mount warfare.

We gather the fruits for wine or gin,

The latter well known as ‘mother’s ruin’.

Cobbett relates much of the history

Of this much-loved ancient tree.

A ‘Blackthorn ‘Winter’ is when the weather

Causes flowers and frost to whiten together

 

 

 

Stella M Turk MBE

April 2009

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