#Way-back Wednesday 10/18/17…for .@PoetsUnited #MidweekMotif

Blossoming Terrors



The Japanese Maple grew in the center of 52 Holland’s front yard. Its long branches stretch to the sky like a petitioning priest. Its maroon foliage crowns the tree like a lion’s mane. It beautifully fills my bedroom’s picture window by day.

But by night, illuminated by a streetlamp, the tree transforms into a trio of gangsters. Who reach for me through that same window.

new moon night

a streetlight silhouette

crossing my bed




First published in Image Curve

for Poets United Midweek Motif—New Moon



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