Near Rennes, Brittany
Trees dropping leaves in cooler weather,
(dim echoes of trees budding into spring)
add nourishment to their roots beneath.
Take the map that unfolds in concertina,
look down the avenues, and you will see
, here, trees in full blossom , here,
branches bare-naked, raising in-between
aaaaaaaaafruit and fruit-fall in the breeze.
copyright Martin Porter. Posted with permission from the author.
“Trees dropping” took very little time to write but changed considerably during the editing process. It is based on apparently separate items, on illustrations of tree-lined avenues in France, on my own experience of walking in the Yorkshire Dales and travelling the Norman-Breton countryside, on my interest in structures in writing and on my current understanding of the human perception of the quantum nature of space and time.
The poem is centred around the notion of many universes – the concertina nature of the map offering many pathways – and the relationship of non-linear space-time, with the discontinuity of spring to winter being accentuated by punctuation and white space and the ordering of summer and autumn to come after spring and winter.
Thank you, Martin Porter, for sharing your poetry and reflections. I first met Martin in Whangarei several years back and have always admired his poetry and discussions. I’ve also become acquainted with his short short stories at Flash Frontier. I most recently crossed paths with him again, at first unwittingly, when I discovered that he penned the winning entry for the 2014 Northland Flash Fiction competition. I was one of two judges for this comp, and the readings were blind. Interestingly, I never would have guessed that the winning story was written by Martin — in part, because I heard a woman’s voice in the first-person narrative. Just goes to show how reading blind leaves us open to the many possibilities of voice. Congratulations again, Martin!
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