dead wood 

loosens its grip

bark splits

heavy with dew

exposed heartwood 


caressed by ribbons

of spanish moss

drops pressing 

the spongy leaf litter

twigs light 

on the flesh 

of the ground

life seethes 

below earth’s skin

light sifted

in undulating shadow

out of fire

woman is born

holding Hades’ gaze

Persephone returns


© M.G. Iannucci 2017
Photo: Freydoon Rassouli The Oracle

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