Refrain on an Old Celtic Belief by Judson Scruton (1965)

What if it were true

That spirits are imprisoned

In trunks of trees and are

Waiting for a word

To cut them free?


If it were true

Then hemlock and dogwood

Redwood and yew

May have come from their

Lumbering wombs in a song.


But if it is true

That ignorance distains

A folly as fluent

As a canvas covered sky

Or a chariot driven sun


Could spirits reveal themselves

And poplars come to live in a poem

When trees are planted on truck farms

And words are as dull as geoponics>

So what if it were true?


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