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Cypress Trees


Brookwood British Military Cemetery

Cypress Trees

Standing in formation
Like ghostly sentinels
Honouring the fallen –
Courageous soldiers
In the lonely garden of the dead.

Witnesses to warfare,
Of battles lost and won,
Of valour and endurance,
Of victory and death –
In silent admiration of the brave.


©DGA 27.09.2010

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

10 thoughts on “Cypress Trees

  1. I have eight in my garden, adee, all monuments to fallen friends.


    • I remember when we bought 3 or 4 golden cypresses years ago in KZN someone asked why we were planting ‘graveyard trees’. I have noticed that most cemeteries do have cypresses, but they are usually (or used to be) the tall, dark green, very narrow variety. I must admit those are very solemn-looking trees.


  2. that’s remarkable.


  3. earlier this year we had to cut down a large tree that had stood for hundred s of year on the property…i wondered what stories it could tell…nice write…


    • Yes it is so sad to have to cut down trees, especially really old ones. This quote is taken from
      “The oldest living Cypress is the Sarv-e-Abarkooh in Iran’s Yazd Province. Its age is estimated to be approximately 4000 years.”


  4. they do look like sentinels in the pic – I could almost imagine the leaders bearing down on anyone who dares to desecrate the sacred ground… 🙂


  5. Also grew up calling them graveyard trees! Amazing poem Adee, loved it so 🙂 xxx


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