2 Cabbage Tree
New Zealand Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis) by David Elliot
Canvas print on wooden frame
Size: 30cm x 30cm
This artwork was originally done for Katherine Mansfield's poem 'There's a solemn wind tonight.' This appeared in 100 New Zealand Poems for Children edited by Jo Noble.
There is a solemn wind tonight
That sings of solemn rain;
The trees that have been quiet so long
Flutter and start again.
The slender trees, the heavy trees,
The fruit trees laden and proud,
Lift up their branches to the wind
That cries to them so loud.
The little bushes and the plants
Bow to the solemn sound
And every tiniest blade of grass
Shakes on the quiet ground.