A walk in the park

Gnarled arms reaching for a clear blue sky

Puffs of insubstantial indifference wafting by

Weathered hiding places peek from leaf-lined caves

Abandoned baseball, coming apart at the seams

Faraway, a child’s laughter, borne closer on a breeze

Twisted knots like ears strain to catch the sound 

As prohibitions line the shore

Yellow-and-white hope pokes through inhospitable ground

Thorny trunks covet a lone, bright green leaf

Wind rustles leaves, red berries dance

Tree roots like sunning snakes unfurl toward the path

Violet flowers stretch in the afternoon heat

A wrong turn, evidence of calamity

Sunlight on water, diamonds through wood

A fountain framed by dying branches

An empty highway following the clouds











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Cobwebs dance in the morning sun

Tickled by a teasing breeze

Hint of fall on its breath

Green stillness at eye level

Pause button activated in my brain

Space for thoughts of peace, and not of evil

A future and a hope  

Shards of potential joy filtered through tree branches

Reach 8 a.m. fingers toward my pale, cracked skin

Uncertain path, newborn identity

Pulsating faintly under tissue-thin membrane

Answers as fragile as the gossamer threads

Woven between leaves

But in this now, 

Slanted sun on my skin

Cool air on my face