Ghost Pines

 

rooted

Hush land scape listen,

absence on wind

do we hear, gentle rustle.

rustle

stand

Fresh pine stand christen,

presence in land

do we smell, needle bristle.

sentinel

dismal

Mulch hide shape risen,

substance of plant

do we taste, peat dismal.

substance

mulch

bind

Wash Loch water glisten,

disturbance of bind

do we feel, rooted sentinel.

disturbance

wash


 

About 4000 years ago the climate became cooler and wetter, the Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) struggled to cope, essentially its roots suffocating, and died back.

The fallen trunks and tree roots became preserved within the forming peat.

These skeletal remains are found in remote places like Rannoch Moor, Scotland.

Once witnessed, the wider landscape appears haunted with Ghost Pines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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