By Kathleen Holliday
I hoped to burst into leaf
(Having read it worked for her)
My toes sunk deep into brown carpet,
Arms branching toward the ceiling –
A little green,
A thicker skin.
Did she turn in time
To feel his arms surround a slender bole –
Embracing her still-racing heart?
I believe she was the only one
who got away.
Copyright Holliday 2013
Kathleen Holliday lives on an island in the Salish Sea. Her poems have appeared in The Bellingham Review, The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, New Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal, Poet Lore, Poetry Super Highway, SHARK REEF, The Write Launch and other journals. She is a graduate of Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN. Her chapbook, Putting My Ash on the Line, was published by Finishing Line Press, November 2020. Her second, Boatman, Pass By, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2023.
All work by Kathleen Holliday