who writes the scribbly dialect
written into trunks of eucalypts ?
I watch the trunk of a gum-tree
no sign of a scribe
who writes the scribbly dialect
written into trunks of eucalypts?
i run my finger along the rambling lines
and enjoy the mystery
May Gibbs found inspiration
for her writing on the gum leaves
Judith Wright peeled its splitting bark
and wrote her poem
of this life she could not read.
how lovely to enjoy wonder
believing in fairies
at the bottom of the garden
who is this secret poet ?
who is this hidden creator?
this graffiti artist?
leaving its tag on trees
and what is it trying to say?
a brown moth rarely seen
is the curio its tiny eggs hatch
mysterious larvaes burrow down
like children in class taking up their pen
they tunnel along writing their journey
and as the circle of life comes round
form moths and like students fly free
May Gibbs 1876-1969 May Gibbs MBE was an Australian children’s author, illustrator, and cartoonist. She is best known for her gumnut babies, and the book Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and her scary old Banksia man.
Judith Wright 1915-2000 Judith Wright was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights. She was a recipient of the Christopher Brennan Award in 1975. Judith was also a recipient of the Australian National Living Treasure Award in 1998.
Scribbly Gum Moth tells the story of the insect’s life cycle.
Scribbly gums are spectacular Australian eucalypts that get their name from the strange ‘scribbles’ left behind on their smooth bark. These rambling tracks are tunnels made by the larvae of the Scribbly Gum Moth and tell a story of the insect’s life cycle.
Photos of the Scribbly Gums were taken by me in the Ku-ring-ga Botanic Gardens in Sydney.
Ku-ring-gai is an Aboriginal word describing the home or hunting ground of the local people.
Waitara Creek at Normanhurst
New Year’s Day and a resolution to find more balance in life between nature and a writing project at home. We set out on a pleasant warm drizzly sort of January day thanks to the La Niña pattern which is giving us respite from the dry, brittle, fiery heat of last summer.
Something beautiful is happening before our eyes a cycle which is a new year (January ) phenomena – the eucalypts are shedding their bark – the most spectacular, because of its blood red colour is the Sydney Red Gum, standing like a maiden with her elegant gown puddled at her feet .
The clean pink dimpled trunk has the cool alabaster feel of touching smooth curving skin. One of theses three in the Wahroonga remnant of forest actually has a sign on it ‘Hug Me‘. Hmmm here is the seed for a very sexy poem.
Angophora Costata or Sydney Red Gum or Smooth-barked Apple note the kino stains and careful observation you can imagine grey pink purple and muted tones of browns
The next is the Scribbly Gum and there is the Narrow-leaved Scribbly Gum also stripping off its bark all the way to the ground
Sush an appropriate moment for us to experience this on the first few days of walking this same track after New Year. It has become a moment of Contemplation as we let go of 2020 with its anxities, fears,concerns, worries and disappointments of missing the children and grandchildren, missing holidays, having to adjust to celebrating milestones of our family life and my writers lifein new ways. Letting go to begin a new.
And having back my rambling partner and friend to enjoy and share the beauty of nature with is the best Christmas and New Year gift of all. We have lots of adventures to share.
These past few days we have had some wonderful bird displays and we have been finding hidden gems of wonderfully coloured fungi and all the stages of a fern in its growth to share.