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The Old Syringa Tree

Doreen Barfield
Beneath this gnarled and twisted tree In dappled shadow here I lie, Looking upward at the sky, Through overlapping leaves, Patterned pinnate intricacies. Mosaic of many-shaded green With the firmament between Is my Summer canopy.

Every Spring a lilac haze Of sweetly-scented florets blow Before the leaf-buds burst and grow. Then berries cluster, golden-brown, In sprays until they gentle down. So throughout the year my tree With varied awnings shelters me, Giving pleasure all my days

(The Summerhouse verandah is built around this tree).

The tree is well over 85 years old.