Trees at Belsey Bridge

The lime

is old and tall; fresh branches

protect its base with leaves.

The alder

has multiples of branches,

A spray of witch’s hair.

Leonardo’s arboreal Glad Day.

The swing

and goalposts in the playground

are sawn cylinders.

The fir is covered

with dangling clumps

Of serrated leaves,

but its trunk

Is densely wound and bound

with leaved ivy.

Other firs

are naked to their head.

Tall chimneys lift the house behind.

Where does the short avenue

of four tall trees

lead?