In the Sleep of Woods

Lime lichen
grows on a thin dead trunk,

a burrowed bird
inside a tree

its feathers

like a curse
stunned it

as it searched
for grubs.

A broken stump.

Fallen branches
on a bare bough

make a cross;
a rotting trunk

on the grass


Birds scatter

find a place
to sleep.

At night
in a breeze

the dead pass,

on the ground,

let new buds be.

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Ion Corcos

Ion Corcos

Ion Corcos has been published in Every Writer, Axolotl, Bitterzoet, Ishaan Literary Review and other fine journals. Ion loves travelling, and with his partner, Lisa, recently bought one-way tickets to Greece. They intend to write and travel indefinitely.
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  • Lisa Reily

    Beautiful images in this poem, Ion. I love the line ‘At night in a breeze the dead pass…”