Winter Trees

Winter Trees

by William Carlos Williams

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

Up on the hill, beyond my flat, a little park called “Angel Meadow” looks down over assorted red brick buildings: private accommodation; railway bridges; a former institution for the poor called “Charter St. Ragged School”. The park seems quietly proud of its wrought iron and its rolling green grass. Maybe the “Angel” was a prediction, foreshadowing the over-crowded graveyard that was located here. This area used to be a large Irish district and a notoriously bad Victorian slum full of cholera and other deprivations. Friedrich Engels (aptly named) once called it “hell upon earth” – and an “indignation of the industrial epoch”. Very reassuring! Happily, times have changed since then, with heavy regeneration. Industrial forces have found ways to combine with social, civic, and humane ones.

Charter St. Ragged School, in the distance.

Trees prepare for the Winter

Bare winter trees fill the park and look beautiful through misty rain.


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2 responses to “Winter Trees”

  1. Anne Littlewood says :

    Often noticed the ragged school from the train. Is the building still in use? Do you know what it’s used for now?

    • musingfrommanchester says :

      Hmm. Good question! Sometimes at the weekends I see what looks like drama/play activities going on outside. I think it might be used now by a Christian Baptist Group. Not sure though…will try to find out and let you know!

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