That Summer Years Ago | McKenzie Richardson

We sat, gazing into choreographed flames

they sparked up high, kissing the darkening air

as we warmed ourselves to its crackling tune

we watched the sun set over the water

one fire rising to the sleep of another

that summer was boundless, an eternity of new

as the hearts in our trunks grew, strengthened, stretched

sometimes branches crack, leaves are shed, limbs fall

but still we stand, three trees in a forest

our branches forever intertwined.

McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Recently, her work has been featured in various anthologies through Black Hare Press, Iron Faerie Publishing, Dragon Soul Press, and Eerie River Publishing. She has also published a middle-grade novel, Heartstrings, as well as poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.



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