Living or Dead Things

June 29, 2020

In the early dawn,
drawn from sleep, I snake through


dewy grass. Light gleams off of these
fresh blades, in the foreground


of the thicket. Voluptuous oak and pine
tower over these younglings and


this youngling, with damp Converse.
Forsythia fondle my feet as I follow


this path, hallway of bark and birds.
Instead of water bubblers and cameras:


moist soil and observant raspberries.
Despite my wish to be enveloped by


leaves, blanketed by birch, I burst
out of this vibrant archway, smoked out


by the requirements of my education.
I move past the broken-chain-link.


My smudged charcoal shoes
touch grey faux-stone and


a small leaf sticks to my shoelace,
attempting to trick me into turning back.


Yet, at the touch of pavement, sight of a
Marlboro butt, the school bell tolling: wilts.

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