Grass Tree forest
See the grass tree forest
with hundreds of skirted trees
with creamy spikes of flowers
standing tall in any breeze.
Note the thickness of the spikes
the way they reach up high
they look to reach to Heaven
or at least into the sky.
First Peoples ate the roots
tender leaf bases, points of stems;
the seeds they ground for damper
cooked in ash from coals like gems.
They dug up grubs from base of trunks
got honey from nests in stalks.
They used resin to glue their spears
to bring down prey like hawks.
After fire, spikes bloom en masse
it’s quite a sight to see.
In dry heathy woodland
grass trees stand out markedly.
A botanical phenomenon
you won’t forget in time,
you’ll hold the marvel with you
and maybe write it down in rhyme.
Name: Meryl Brown Tobin
Special Place: Grantville Grass Tree forest
Medium: Photograph – Hartley Tobin