Catherine wheel, by Melinda Giordano

Spring is painful
The trees of the new season
Suffer the tight and bursting leaves
Coiled and squalling
Like children’s faces
That blister their skin
Branches ache with the twinge of birth
The teething leaves
As they feel the anguish of renewal
Of being tied to the Catherine wheel
That moves the cycle of life


Melinda Giordano is a native of Los Angeles, California.  Her written pieces have appeared in the Lake Effect MagazineScheherazade’s BequestWhisperingsCirca Magazine and Vine Leaves Literary Journal among others. She was also a regular poetry contributor to CalamitiesPress.com with her own column, ‘I Wandered and Listened’ and was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. She writes flash fiction and poetry that speculates on the possibility of remarkable things – the secret lives of the natural world.  Melinda is interested in history and anything to do with Aubrey Beardsley, her favorite artist.

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Posted on December 21, 2016, in Issue 19: Speculative Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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