General Poetry posted July 8, 2024

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Blue Sky Ruin

by Jessica Wheeler

A trembling earth
under pressure,
tortured and teased
by the bullying wind.

Cornered by gusts,
the ground gives way,
and my red maple
ripped at the roots.

The windstorm's fury
to a breeze,
and people move on,
swayed by the sunlight.

And I watch
from my knees,
in the dirt
of my garden,
by the heat
of an arrogant sun.

How they relish
the rays
that freckle 
my skin
and bask in the breezes
that mock me,
while I brown
like the leaves
of my pink bleeding hearts,
left to wither
in the bright, sunny
The storm passes,
and fades
behind a clear sky,
taking with it
the menacing wind,

and the shade
from my fallen
red maple.


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