23 May – Secret staircase

High in Low Wood,
in a deep, hidden glade,
is a secret staircase
the little folk must have made.
It ascends a fallen tree
with such even steps
that it has the solid feel
of a planned project.
I imagine a figure climbing
to act the sentinel,
ready, if alerted, to ring
his warning bluebell.
This is bracket fungus,
well used to build these shelves,
a natural lookout ladder
for tiny woodland elves.