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A Song of Oak and Squirrel


Damien Walters Grintalis

pushes its way
into the forest,
past deadfall
and shade-born moss.

Turns narrow branches
into delicate hands
keeping time
with a gentle chorus
of leaves.

Sends furred feet
to rush and scurry,
a dance
in this space
of air,
tangled root,
and claw-marked bark.


Motivation: The musical sound of wind in the trees.

Bio: Damien Walters Grintalis is a writer of dark tales and a poet. Her short story, ‘The Depository’, will appear in the April 2010 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, and her poetry has appeared in Emerald Tales, Rose & Thorn Journal, Baltimore’s City Paper, Every Day Poets, and The Cynic Online.



Email TSJ: Editor: Pamela Tyree Griffin

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