Poetry

Monochrome

Photo by Omar Willey. Licensed CC-BY.
Photo by Omar Willey. Licensed CC-BY.

Branches overhang
stairs which lead

to a grassy place,
a stump washed in sun.

Seen from afar the flight
became a woman draped

in black and larger
than the maples. She guarded

them like a ghost
a treasure buried and dangerous.

We walked the long way around in terror.
Years later we forget why we avoid those stairs.