Biodiversity challenge – Bastard gumwood

St Helena cliffhanger

Desolate survivor,
Left for dead;
Sad bastard
Hanging by a solitary thread
In less than splendid isolation,
Clinging to a crevice
On your blighted mid-Atlantic microdot,
Last bastion of so much doomed diversity.

Vanishingly rare,
Saddled
With that unappealing
Nom de guerre,
You must be feeling
Utterly alone,
Abandoned, exiled
À la Bonaparte,
Grown apart
From all your tree companions.

Some would say
The gumwood’s had its day;
We should just let the dying bastard
Fade away.
Not without a fight.

Not tonight.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.

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