The Holding Roots

The wizened branches

of a leaf-barren tree

matted thick with debris

from years of standing

in the ever-changing wind,

keeping its mark between

the long-faded gray grasses

and a dark-cloud sky,

and somehow I understood

its post, waiting, fallow,

strong but aged, a life-lived,

but still some memories to come, 

mature roots holding it in place, 

and spindly hands reaching beyond.

—C.L. Fisher, January 2022

Unless otherwise indicated, all writings and images are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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