Beginning small

by Alwyn Marriage



An acorn fell

on Swedish soil

shyly accepted

the discomfort

of sun and rain,

the risk of ruin.


Daring to be open,

twisting to break free

of tangled roots,

the acorn turned to see

more saplings sprouting

all over the forest floor.


No one can

predict the future,

but there's always hope

that acorns will grow

into mighty oaks

that might save us all.

Alwyn Marriage's eleven published books include poetry, fiction and non-fiction, but her major focus is on poetry. Her work is very widely published in magazines, anthologies and on-line and she gives regular readings all over Britain and in many other countries (in non-covid times!).