Hiding in the hedgerow,

Polypody polypody

Springing from the dyke,

Polypody polypody

Nestling in the soft moss,

Polypody polypody

High up in the tree.

Hawthorn – old thorn,

Home to our fern,

Crab-apple , beech tree,

Oak, ash and elder;

Glimpsed through ivy –

On gatepost, gryke and dry-stone wall

Chinks in lime mortar and wizend bark –

Your laddered fronds wavering in the wind.

Polypody polypody

Weathering the storm,

Polypody polypody

Withering in drought,

Polypody polypody

Frozen hard in winter,

Polypody polypody

Brightest green in spring.



  1. Hilary said:

    ‘Laddered fronds wavering in the wind’…couldn’t be anything else – lovely 🙂


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