Monday, August 16, 2010

Dwarf Magnolia

We were walking down the hill and there was a notice pinned to a tree that said, ‘This weeping bottlebrush has been scheduled for removal’. The reason for removal was its ‘advanced state of decline.’ The council planned to replace it with a ‘dwarf magnolia’. The tree hung so low, and was so grey, and no wonder it was weeping.


Anonymous sabiya said...

I feel so upset when trees get cut down. Or even pruned.

We used to have a weeping willow tree in the park near my house and you sort of didn't notice it much. It was like a quiet presence that was in the corner of the room.
I haven't thought about that tree in a while. I think they've built some houses over it now :(

2:31 a.m.  
Blogger Lia May said...

along the overhang that advances into a quiet, slumbering beach there once stood a mighty Pohutakawa tree, sturdy for 300 years. one day we found it, not gone as a whole, but gone in life and spirit. to my Grandmothers great disgust it had been poisoned.Poisoned for the better view of the beach by a wealthy family from America, who visited their beach side batch all but once a year.

My name is Lia, i am from New Zealand(funny isn't it that 'Zealand' is not in the computers dictionary, how strange) , and i am 14 years of age, blah blah blah.

i just finished reading 'feeling sorry for Celia' which made me weep more than once, it was perhaps one of the most simple yet extraordinary books I've ever read. I'm not to 'up-with-the-play' when it comes to this blogging thing but i just wanted to let you know, one way or another. i also read 'the betrayal of Bindi Mackenzie' which was just as incredible.
you are so, so, so inspiring. i aspire to be an author also, and you, along with John Marsden and J.K. Rowling, are my muse.
i won't go as far as saying that I am your biggest fan, because quite frankly i am most probably not, i do not own a copy of every book you have written, nor do I write hundreds of letters to tell you how many fellow peers i bet up today for doubting you. Ha ha.
i just wanted to tell you that you're a legend, you know that ?

yours truly,
Lia Hockly.

9:11 a.m.  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

Sabiya and Lia May - you both write so movingly about lost trees. Thank you. (And Lia May, I'll reply to your email address - but thank you for your kind words.) Jx

9:39 p.m.  

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