No great oak when shedding leaves, I’m losing petals quickly.
Not mites, not snails, nor even fungi; spots have grown where
Xylem stream, where tracheids work, where life’s excitement
When subcutaneous tissue’s harvested, furrows are left behind,
Exposing blood, fat, nerves, deep follicles. Cutting away pieces
Of any integumentary system causes unnatural divots, likewise
Hair, skin, feathers, nails ought to deflect harm, ward off evil,
Elsewise armor against injurious cells. Yet hooves can falter
Confronting malignancies. Prayers, good intentions, families
KJ Hannah Greenberg delights in words and images. She’s had more than two dozen books published and has had her photography grace two galleries. Her latest electronic portfolio of work can be found at 20/20: KJ Hannah Greenberg Eye on Israel. Her newest fiction collection is Walnut Street.