Good things come in small sizes.  This seemed like the perfect metaphor for a competition designed to help raise funds for Earth Love’s farewell anthology.  But this was a competition with a difference.  Instead of choosing the top three entries, ten winners have been selected, and each will receive a Clean Air Tree Planting Kit, kindly donated by Mark Regan at Forest Nation.  The kit is 100% environmentally friendly and contains all you need to plant your own tree.  It’s like a trophy only, instead of putting it on a shelf, you can plant it outside your window, in a forest, park or lakeside, and have your very own poetry tree. Hence the subject for this competition: Seeds.


Here are the winning poems:



nature’s seeds propelled –

wind twirling sycamore keys –

dormant until spring

Angelicia Chappell


Old Man's Beard wind combed

blown to a further hedge brake –

You can’t stop ageing

Alec Linstead



open apple-heart

show the pearls inside the box

scrawled flower, seed-star

Angela Saunderson




awakening, a flower,

entwining the world in love,

magnificent, a seed

Ellamae Hindley (aged 12)



collared pigeon picks

elderberries from branches

only tough seeds fly

Etelka Marcel





haiku seeds

Geoffrey Winch





the whirling month

hope sprouts green

through frozen earth

Helen Rowan



The Kingdom of Heaven

coiled in the mustard-seed of death:

not just branches

but birds singing from them

Lesley Carty



Spring clouds scud along

wanting to water the world,

Eden in the seed.

Greg Gregory



Pendulous ash keys

Silvered against a blue sky

Winter's last treasure

Richard Stewart 



The competition raised £80.00 towards the upcoming anthology

The top ten haiku will be published in the anthology. 

one little idea

all it takes to form a tree

potential for life

Forest Nation




Leaves of Poetry



In 2009, earth love held a compeition in conjunction with US poetry editor, Stacy Savage, to produce a chapbook of poems dedicated to our arboreal companions, the trees.  The top sixty poems were included in the chapbook, with the top three prize winners receiving a small amount of prize money.  The chapbook is now available from publishers, Shadow Poetry, at a cost of $10.00.  (Around £5.00 sterling, depending on exchange rates).  To order, or just to visit the website, click on the following link:


All proceeds are donated to Ancient Forests International.



Poetree Contest Results

1st Place: Green by Loretta Diane Walker

2nd Place:   Green Man by A C Clarke

3rd Place:  A Love Affair by Andrea Dietrich

Top twenty:

*1.   Green by Loretta Diane Walker

*2.   Green Man by A C Clarke

*3.   A Love Affair by Andrea Dietrich

*4.   The Task by Geoff Roberts

*5.   If Trees Could Talk by Neal Wilgus

*6.   Dark Bliss by Sue Bunce

*7.   I am a Tree by Kathy Larson

*8.   The Horse of Shaun by Peter Asher

*9.   Stand Alone Cedar at Hammonasset by Carol Leavitt Altieri

*10. Waggoner’s Well in Summer by Michael Wright

*11. The Mulberry Tree by Shirley Reese

*12. The Tree Rings by Phil Knight

*13. Make of Me a Tree by Henry Newton Goldman

*14. Betula Pendula: The White Goddess Outside My Garden Gate by Etelka Marcel

*15. The Lone White Birch by Brenda B. Sloane

*16. Twig Hangs by Julie Rutherford

*17. Poet Tree in Motion by Joy Campbell

*18. Fossil Grove by A C Clarke   

*19. October Leaves the Trees “Deleaving” by Esther M. Leiper

*20. The Tree Man by Gerald Hampshire

* Top twenty received a complimentary copy of the chapbook


Honorable mentions (in no particular order):

Staverton Thicks by Richard Stewart

Our Almond Tree by Vivien Steels   

An Empty Pair of Shoes by Joyce Walker 

Chawton Park Woods in Autumn by Michael Wright

At the Gates of Heaven by Ursula Studd

Connecticut Summer by Llewelyn H Nicholas

The Tree by Phil Knight

Fair Cherries by Peter Asher

Treefrog’s Jungle Blues by A C Clarke

In Memoriam – Friday October 16th 1987 by Richard Stewart

Yew Tree at Broadwell by Tina Negus

Norfolk Childhood by Richard Stewart

Autumn Leaves by Julie Rutherford

The Old Apple Tree by Yvonne Sparks

Imagine Just a Heather Moor by June Worsell

Axe Men by Tina Negus  Tree Talk by Mavis Gulliver

Hazel Leys by Geoff Williams

Langdyke Bush by Cardinal Cox

The Walnut Tree by Peggy Poole

A Sycamore Survives by Carolyn Constable

Tree by Lynn A. Huber

Sepia Photograph of a Redwood Stump by Suzanne Delaney

At the Gravesite of a Tree by Susan Block

Upright Citizens by Jerri Hardesty

To an Ancient Cottonwood by Lee Enslow

The Melody of Trees by Margaret R. Smith

Timing by Connie Johnson

The Shoe Tree by Betty Lou Hebert

Strip Tease by Carrie Backe

My Tree’s Seasonal Dress by Mary A. Couch

I Found God: Next to a Tree by James Eric Watkins

To the Maples That I Planted by Larry Hand

A Solitary Tree by David LaRue Alexander

Once a Private Porch by Velvet Fackeldey

White Pines by William K. Buckley

Sky Net by Carey Link

Old Trees by Annetta Talbot Beauchamp

City Tree by Nancy Bowman Ballard

Tree of Ages by Jan Turnerearth love poetry competition



Please enjoy the winning entires from the earth love poetry compeition 2004. 


By Isabella Strachan

She's never seen the yellow Gobi's sands;
a winter cat, born into an enclosure.

The bars would spoil a photograph.
So take a sheet of paper, pencil in
the desert rocks and crags behind her head.
Her coat needs grey and blackest ink
for flank and back and turned-up tail;
white where her softness lies against the snow.

The cold light eyes look round, the small ears twitch.
Briefly, her claws emerge.
She's like a highborn lady from Pekin,
in silk, with porcelain face behind her fan,
sent to a Tartar khan, who keeps
an agile silver dagger next her skin.

By Jack Hastie

Visceral grunt, sour-sharp stink
arrest school parties here.

More bear than pig
he roots the dead bark
of his fenced pen
round and about, about, about
impatient, following the satellite dish
of his nose.

He raises his enormous, bristling face
and peers shortly
through tiny slit-shut eyes;
then busies himself again
muttering and mumbling angrily
among coke cans and crisp packets.

In dreams
he is bold in his lair
swerving at bay
to scatter scraps of dogs, yelping
tusked to the bone.

by flaring torchlight
in a cavern in the Dordogne
they blazed him out in ochre
burnt red beside aurochs and mammoth;
one of the gods of the place.


By Hilary Vance

Her silhouette ponders for a
Lightening splash, silk spray,
fast flash of rainbow scales.
She flips and turns, paws printing
the stones, smoothes the air with a
tail-twitch. Fish flaps, ripples reside.
Summery breezes lead to the fields.
Soft eyes wait.
Suddenly she springs. Many times,
struggles and shakes.

The last to return, through
the open window, velvet,
golden-eyed, purrs under a
stroking hand and curls into a
tight ball. Sleeps into oblivion.
Guiltless, always forgiven.


















































































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