The Copper Beech
Aristocrat among patriarchs, this
noble mutation is the best
specimen of Rococo
in the park of the castle
The widely-travelled Baroness
from a South American expedition
with any number of plants and a few
This trailing beech became Erpenberg’s
tree of grief, their
the park philosopher.
Eight meters above lawn
the tousled crown
rises, her many plaited branches falling
like green water.
earthwards, a cascade of leaves.
The aesthetic principles
of the period: branches
pruned late to heal
into knots, proud flesh ascending