Limbs stretch a twilight silhouette,
red-orange sunset—last minute caution
lights out—then North Star twinkles.
A nest cradled, away from aging trunk,
an empty jewel hung on a leafless crown.
Looking like a row of yoga positions,
smooth bark tight as spanx,
naked in close formation.
Black cloud parts as crows circle,
settling; chatter coded caw-caw-caws.
Branches stretch like magnet statues,
pose a wild picture—
childhood connects the dots.
April Ryan is a retired Seattle bus driver and an active writer and poet, often published in Northwest Prime Time and Sharing Stories.
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