before any such tree was introduced
this St Ann’s was planted - a copper beech -
to blush pink whenever the sun is loosed
or grow dark as wine when cloud reaches
over her. St Ann - for her daughter
downstream - before Reform changed the Name
to Trinity. there she is still psaltered
collected and communioned the same
after 800 years this St Ann fugue
barely now - village having long withdrawn.
she stands before Cherwell’s deluges
is always waiting ahead of dawn
not in the Bible but in our hearts
where Mary Jesus and the Cherwell start.
23 September 2021