The Spear Tree

witches ride this polished barkskin
while stag beetles skitter across it
babies are passed through this mother hole
rooted in three worlds of water air and fire

Limbs wear helicopters or keys full of samsara
that spin down to unlock moist earth
dog’s mercury wild garlic dog violets
coronet, brick, centre-bowed sallow

and privet hawk moth haunt these leaves
barkskin for spear for axe handles tough
hardwood that does not splinter
but burns to warn off to charcoal heat

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