Mother and Child
The coastal landscape can be harsh,
strong winds lash the forest.
Yet the karaka tree
with a polished marble trunk,
Its foliage is dense,
sheltering new life.
Glossy green fruit follows
fuelled with the tree’s energy.
The fruit ripen to deep orange
connected to the branch by a stem,
which weakens as the fruit tissue swells.
the final thread snaps.
The fruit plummets.
For the first time it is alone,
free-falling to an uncertain future.
The tree cannot dictate the fate of its fruit.
It can only watch.
St Hilda’s Collegiate