There were other trees on this street,
then one day stumps
and the next just patches of tarmac.
They were the wrong sort of trees.
Their roots flexed like toes in sand
and cracked the pavement.
Their branches stretched wide like daybreak
and threatened the road.
Their leaves danced shadows over shopfronts
and could not be controlled.
Now we have the right sort of trees.
They stand obedient in solitary planters,
opposite Poundland, their branches cut
into economical cubes.
Ian lives in Worcestershire where he works as a programmer while studying for an MA in Writing Poetry at Newcastle University. Ian’s first pamphlet ‘About Leaving’ was published by V. Press in November 2019.