Once upon a time
a little twisty twig.
It grew out of a low wall.
The little twisty twig grew little twisty branches
and was viewed as an interesting
and welcome addition to
the low wall.
The little twisty bush was novel and ornamental,
a charming, serendipitous curio.
The little twisty bush
surreptitiously lengthened its trunk
and became a little twisty tree -
a twisted willow tree.
It shed its twisted yellow leaves decoratively,
and shaded the greenhouse
a little too effectively,
because quite without anyone noticing
it had grown into
an enormous, jumbled mass
of serpentine branches.
It grew until you could no longer see
the gigantic Leylandii
One day it outgrew its strength
and one of its twisty branches split and crashed
onto the ancient but little apple tree cowering in its shadow.
Tree surgeons came and said, business-like,
'It fulfills two of the 4 Ds -
dangerous and damaged.'
And so the work began.