11 May – Tricksy trees

Things are not at all what they seem at this point in May
when chestnuts sport umbrellas and Spruces spruce up the day
with a thousand little brushes poised to clean or paint,
while Hazel covers herself with fresh growth of such restraint
that her tiny new leaves look fit for bonsai trees
as they flutter with infinite delicacy in the afternoon breeze.
No, this is not the time to get out your tree spotting guide
and use its leaf identity charts to accurately decide
the species you are seeing as you examine and compare –
best to wait till Summer’s here and then go from there!