skin barren exposing my dense white trunk as I sigh
color falls from me as the cold earth is biting
absent my ample blanket to shelter birds passing by
roots tickling, as moles clawing earth, burrowing fast
eyeing a fat grub, eating, and hastily moving on
juicy earthworm, now dessert, as he tunnels past
leaves miss clapping and crooning for this bitter land
I say goodbye to the sun, as my sap seeps tears
skies crying, drape me in ice, but still, nobly I stand
Joni’s blog is Rum and Robots, where she has published poetry, photography, and short stories. Take a look at Joni’s work in Spillwords Press NYC, Vita Brevis Press, The Finest Example, The Tiny Seed Literary Journal, I Write Her – The Short of it, and MasticadoresUSA. Joni’s work was included in the following anthologies: The Sound of Brilliance (The Short of It Publishing, Volume 1 2020), Inner Eye (Poets Choice, 2021), and It’s Not Easy (Poets Choice 2021). Her blog is an effort to give back – she is a surviving Adult Child of Alcoholics. Joni is a retired nurse and paralegal.
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