Epping Forest

Corporation of London Christmas Card Commission  2001 & 02

Centuries of leaves
In a cathedral of trees
Carpeted with breeze

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Alone in a crowd
Light dim. A face peers out
From a crumpled skin

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Ticker tape welcome
Confetti fluttering like
Pennies from Heaven

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Rockin’ and Rollin’
Arms raised, Hallelujah’in
Tall, time-worn trees talkin’

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Time-worn veteran
A portrait of life etched deep
In wooden wrinkles

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Family clusters
Small processions of figures
Regal, triumphant

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A shower of sunlight
Tall canopy filtering
Sun streaked whisp’ring winds

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Faces emerging
A woodland Nativity
In pollarded trees

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Leaf fall glittering
Autumn sunlight flickering
Black crows bickering

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Cascading deadfall
A jackpot of leaf pennies
A blanket of gold