in the woods, in the dark we saw a light, Joseph Ianni

neithertheforestorthetreesthespacebetweenthatlightshinesthrough forustoseeaflashlightinthenightcomingtowardsuseyesstrainedand waterycryingoutstretchedarmstoblackthewhitewithraysstillslipping pastpalmsfingersdisolvinginthebrightnesswecannothidehereany longernolongerarewehiddenintheribcagesofbranchesintertwinedus preciousoffaltobeharvestedthereisabulletinhisgutcometakeitoutquick orpushbackmyforeskinentermyheadhopeIforgetourtimeinthewoods wherethelightcametoshineonourpleasantmomentsinthedarkwedid notneedlighttomoveaboutweheardeachothersheartsbeatfollowed blindlybybrancheswhenwewalkedintoeachotherwewalkedinsideeach othernoticedourrootsintersectingabovebelowanestofstrangertwigsfall entogetherthreeeggsinsideonlytwointactonecrackedbrokenorbirthed inthewoodsinthedarktheflashlightbatteriesdiewithscreamsscreeches squealsandsqawksechoingbacktowherethelightfirstcame

 


Joseph Ianni is the third place winner in the 2015 running of the HHLLC poetry contest.