BEAUTY IN THE BARK!
The eucalyptus leaf, I find, is dull in the extreme.
But the bark's a different story! See its patterns! See it gleam!
Here I offer a homage to some of the bark one sees
As one looks for different 'paintings' on the eucalyptus trees.
Elderly skin, scarred by the years,
Sad and faded now,
Creamy, undulating, pale,
On every trunk and bough.
Nature has painted a pallid shape
Against a sunset sky,
Like a cave-painted hand from long ago,
Leaving it there to dry.
Snow as it thaws, all mixed with stains
From the bush-land all around.
Metallic bitter memories
Leaching into the ground.
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