My Mistake!

You took me by surprise.
I would never have planted you
If I’d known.
Eucalyptus saligna;
Innocuous maligna!

Not really, but
If I’d seen
Your common name,
I’d never have planted you
In my suburban front yard.

You took me by surprise
And though you take
The force of gales,
I fear
The branches you may drop,
Or the unseen withering of
Your roots.

Eucalyptus saligna;
Sydney Blue Gum,
Wild, majestic, untamed.
You took me by surprise.


26 Merton Street Camberwell
Planted in 1988 and now over 15m tall.

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