Into the Woods

Part of the Escapril series on Instagram.

She waits until the sun is at its peak
to wander through the tallest of the trees,
that way the shadows cast are not so bleak
and she may fall in love with all she sees:
the bluebell meadows bowing in the breeze,
the clearest water gushing in the creek,
the lilacs and the rue seducing bees,
kingfishers in cyan with slender beaks.

But further in she’ll find the thing she seeks –
she navigates the knotted ground with ease
the village calls this woodland sprite a freak
but soon she will be drowning in their pleas.

Now at the heart, she presses earth to cheek
and every living creature hears her shriek.

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