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The skeleton stands fast

Against the lushness,

The green and litmus

Spectrum of shrub,

Of flora gripping

The earth in tarsals

Wedged deep below

The shallow rhizomic

Mat of grass.


Stark solemnity masks

The once prolific dance

Of petaled buds swirling

In the late spring breeze.


Carpals reaching

To make perches

Hide the burrowed nests

Nurturing life wrapped in death.


Paleness shimmers

On the rough crests,

Exoskin beckoning with texture

What fanning leaves once did,

Watching the play of children

Swinging from its limbs.