My Kingdom for 5 Stars (#5)

The sun rises, welcome lantern
Boots crunch leaves and ferns underfoot
Chipmunk chases squirrel
Laughter roils in my chest but feels inappropriate in this
Church of Nature’s building
Beech bends in the breeze
The clear brook steps lightly over buried stones, like a tickled piano
This is the loveliest of smokescreens
Fear’s jaws are clamped, embedded in my spine
Panic and giggles take turns, slither between the vertebrae, upraised hairs
Coil around my neck
The nagging certainty of lions and tigers and bears
Harshes the early buzz

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