IN THE FOREST Still lush enough, here, unseared by fire, to shut out the world below. No sound in the piney sweet-sharp air, but my footfalls on the trail, the skitter of a pebble, a hidden bird’s brief trill. Dusty sunbeams sift in through the trees. My freed thoughts glide silently away, new-winged. I think I hear the faintest tick: an oak leaf dropping onto leaves. And hold on to it—against the roar of the coming years.
Judy Kronenfeld is the author of five books of poetry including Groaning and Singing (FutureCycle, 2022), Bird Flying through the Banquet (FutureCycle, 2017), and Shimmer (WordTech, 2012). Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and in such journals as New Ohio Review, One, Slant, Rattle, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Verdad.
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