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Topic: RESOLUTION (01/07/16)
- TITLE: The Glory Tree
By Ruth Walker
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I have a Glory Tree.
Lying in bed in the early morning I look out at it, rising above the palms and hedge that line out our front space. Coffee balanced on my chest, a couple of feather pillows plumed about, my day's first attentions flick between the Glory Tree and the words on the page before me. Grey before sunrise, the tree warms to a quiet green, then a brightening lime, until.... I nudge him awake to catch it with me. The Glory Tree is radiant, joyously ablaze. Leaves that were earlier, massed into dull clumps suddenly appear as luminous individuals underlined in shadow.
Some days, spotlight on, they dance. Branches stiff, a delicate shimmy, branches swaying, a Mexican Wave. But on others, movement is imperceptible, and these are my favourite. No performance from the tree but to stand at rest. From the east rises the bridegroom out of his chamber. Royal, dazzling in gold, he zings out a joyful ray of satisfied brilliance. Suddenly, resolution; shadows, depth, glowing reflection.
Like attending a beautiful sunset, I feel like I've left the morning theatre early if I turn away in case there's one more sight better than the last, one notch of clarity yet to come.
As the traffic hum loudens, the birdsong fades and so does the glory. The bridegroom has withdrawn from the balcony and dressed for the earnest work of the day, and the glory tree is simply the tree in the vacant block over the road.
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