Richard Trembath

Rookie (16: 02: 1942 / Richmond, Victoria, Australia)

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The Tree On Gibbet Hill

BENEATH your dying, splintered boughs
’Midst rocks the horses graze,
Your broken, withered limbs give not
A hint of earlier days,
Days when you bore your dreadful fruit,
When human life you craved,
When haunted, hell-bound sinners you
Denied the very grave.

The days when you defiant stood,
A warning to the land,
Of Mankind’s inhumanity
And Death’s swift icy hand;
The ghost of one such tortured soul
They say lurks with you still
And curses those who scorn the dead
Who hung on Gibbet Hill.

But time is pass’d, ...

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