POETRY

The Axe

By

The long-standing juniper bush
got the axe from us this year.
We left the stump
                and made of it
a lantern and a cairn.

The neighbors stop and stare,
though not in horror
                   or despair.

May all my murders
be handled with such care.


Wendy Videlock's work has appeared widely. Her books of poems, Nevertheless and The Dark Gnu and Other Poems are available from Able Muse Press.

The long-standing juniper bush
got the axe from us this year.