One oak climbed skyward
more than one hundred years
before burial with its roots.

A hollowed willow suffered
heart rot, until it could
no longer thirst nor bend.

A maple’s bark curls and peels.
Trunk exposed, time will erode
the depths of each root’s tendrils.

White anchors, unprotected,
mirror vacant branches above.



Claudia M. Stanek’s work has been turned into a libretto, been part of an art exhibition, and been translated into Polish. Her chapbook, Language You Refuse to Learn, was published by Bright Hill Press (2014). Other poems have been published in Redactions, Euphony, Ruminate, Fourth River, and Conte Online, among others.





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