Thursday, September 1, 2011


A girl goes into the woods
and for what reason
disappears behind branches
and is never heard from again.
We don’t really know why,
she could have gone shopping
or had lunch with her mother
but instead has gone into
woods, alone, without the lover,
and not for leaves or flowers.
It was a clear bright day
very much like today.
It was today. Now you might
imagine I’m that girl,
it seems there are reasons. But
first consider: I don’t live
very near those trees and my
head is already wild with branches.

About Lyn Lifshin:
Lyn Lifshin has published many books and chap books, including three from BLACK SPARROW and recently ALL THE POETS WHO TOUCHED ME, LIVING AND DEAD, ALL TRUE, ESPECIALLY THE LIES and BALLROOM. Her website is:

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