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The Shroud of Jesus Green

In swathes of white with silver threads
And silken weave so lustrous soft
Adorning each receptive branch and twig
In ghostly apparel, so aloft

Draped by an intruder’s subtle craft
Cocooned the bird cherry avenue
Shrouded in mists of satin webs
Boughs pillaged leaving but a few

Consumed by the embracing veil
The trees of Jesus Green embrace
The metamorphosis of pupating life
The Ermine Moth transformed with grace.

 The Shroud of Jesus Gre

Inspired by the infestation of trees in Jesus Green, Cambridge, UK by the Bird Cherry Ermine Moth caterpillar – a spectacular natural phenomena occurring as the larvae make large webs for protection to feast on the leaves, sometimes stripping them bare