Coffee Sleeve Stories

bullying bushes

By Cheri GermainĀ 

branches poking through chain link fences 

point at me as i pass by 

laughter erupts from their leaves rustled 

by whistling wind 

echoing through my bones 

shaking my fragile sprouting heart 

growing longer 

twigs snapping through 

pushing me farther off the sidewalk into 

the street 

spindly deciduous fingers twist and tangle 

into my hair 

tugging me back 

damp leaves in the tread of my boots off 

the cold wet concrete 

scraped unto their deathbed of a welcome 

mat 

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