ROOTBOUND
by Karen J. Fox

Each day the trees
beside Middle River
watch their
reflections
and wish
they could run away
with the water.
They tug at their
roots and
flail arthritic
branches
tying to see
what lies beyond
and why
the water hurries
to get there.
They plead to the
sun and moon
as they move from
here to there,
weep to the
boulders
who are old and wise
but find stone
has no pity for
Oaks and willows.
Finally, they
shake gold foliage
free
watch leaves tumble
onto the hasty water and
head toward
adventures
unknown.

Karen has been an off-and-on writer for most of her life. Published in several small publications and included in “The First Anthology of Missouri Women Writers” she spends most of her time lost in her own world where everyone knows & understands her.

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