Crouching by the whip of the willow tree, warm winds snapped
through the air and tossed dusts along my arms and neck;
I leaned on a slant and burrowed into the bark
which spoke of the roots and soil they crooned upon and somberly
desired in moisture and rustling heat.
With delicate aromas which tossed and slung through the breath
of this wood at the deep day,
I reached and grabbed a lone tumbling leaf.
Patiently, the crimp and stem took to the air,
faded across the pasture and thicket of this grotto of trees and vanished in dusts.
Night paused for a brief moment and I witnessed the blooming
swell of the sliver of the moon.
I found myself on a pebbled trail and tamped my way to the base.
Of this iced mountaintop, I snatched the coolest of winds
as the reassuring sun slipped through pines and crumbling edges of the earth.


Donny Barilla has published two books of poetry. He awaits publication of six more and has self-published nine books which includes three books on mythology, also written in verse. He has placed as winner of the Adelaide Literary Voices Award for poetry. He is currently working on his latest book which touches upon the subject of death, the departed, and weaving takes upon the afterlife.

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