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Firewood Poems - Trees & Woods

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orangetreeLogs to burn, logs to burn
logs to save the coal a turn
here's a word to make you wise
when you hear the woodsmans cries

never heed his usual tale
that he has good logs for sale
but read these lines and really learn
the proper kind of logs to burn

Beechwood fires burn bright and clear
Hornbeam blaxes too
if the logs are kept a year
and seasoned through and through

Oak logs will warm you well
if they're old and dry
larch logs of pinewood smell
but the sparks will fly

pine is good an so is yew
for warmth through wintry days
but Poplar and willow too
take long to dry and blaze

Birch logs will burn too fast
Alder scarce at all
Chestnut log are good to last
if cut in the fall

Holly logs burn like wax
you should burn them green
elm logs like smouldering flax
no flame to be seen

Pear logs and apple logs
they will scent your room
cherry logs across the dogs
smell like flowers in bloom

But ash logs all smooth and grey
burn them green or old
burn up all that come your way

they're worth their weight in gold.




Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year
Chestnut only good they say
If for long it's laid away
Make a fire of elder tree
Death within your house will be
But ash new or ash old
Is fit for a Queen with a crown of gold

Birch and Fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last
It is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread
Elmwood burns like churchyard mould
Even the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a Queen with a golden crown

Poplar gives a bitter smoke
Fills your eyes and makes you choke
Apple wood will scent your room
With an incense-like perfume
Oaken logs, if dry and old
Keep away the winters cold
But ash wet or ash dry
A king shall warm his slippers by.

If you would like to know some amazing facts about trees click here.

Comments (3)
3 Friday, 17 December 2010 02:07
fantastic piece of film, what a skill. respect to the man.
2 Wednesday, 15 December 2010 11:13
Isn't this the one that they used to teach schoolchildren?
1 Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:18
Great poems!

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