You can walk with me

You can walk with me
along another path
It’s not too far
but be aware of fallen trees

Watch for twisted boughs –
turned like a lover’s thighs
crossed – coyly – enough
to keep to wedding vows

An overnight layering of leaves
masks raised roots
A wild rose curls – armed
with thorns bared like teeth

Without broken clouds
there is less to see –
no backlit leaves
to play out a sideshow
It is this gate now

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