“I think perhaps I’ll never see
A more magnificent tree
Than our pohutakawa on display
With gorgeous blooms each Christmas Day.
Those dangling roots in search will cling
To cliff or rocks or anything
And nature put this gem so long ago
Where other trees just couldn’t grow.
Thus in pohutakawa’s ancient past
A gene had formed to make it last
And claim today triumphantly
That it’s New Zealand’s Christmas-tree.”
When noodling (my elder sister’s word) around thinking about what to write today’s post on, I came across this poem. I don’t know the author but it was in a collection of New Zealand poems on http://homepages.xnet.co.nz/~hardy/poetryNewZealand.html.
The Pohutakawa is regarded as our New Zealand Christmas tree and the Maoris say that if they produce plentiful blossoms then we shall have a good summer. This year, summer has been late in coming but has now arrived.
So happy Christmas to all. And by the way, for those interested, I have a new cast on today that looks like Santa’s boot. Loads of fun in the orthopedic department today – everybody was in holiday mood. And the good news was that I was in and out, x-rayed, new cast and all in just over one hour! Whoo hoo.
- Oh Christmas tree!: a history in photos (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Southern Hemisphere Christmas tree decorations (ordinarygood.wordpress.com)