Green by Beth McDonough

That man who fell through skies
to helter down a holly tree
believes

every leaf barbed him
equally. Science says not.

Officially:
only when his skelter shrubbed
under greedy deer’s browse-height
would that evergreen spike hard.

But where are those suburban fawns
who undercover guzzle
thickly greens?
What might that man
who fell through skies
to helter down a holly tree
know that science and I
can not?

***

Beth McDonough studied Silversmithing at GSA, teaching in various sectors. Recently Writer in Residence at DCA, she reviews for DURA. Handfast (with Ruth Aylett), explored autism in the family, whilst Aylett considered dementia. Anthologised widely, McDonough is published in Agenda, Causeway, Interpreter’s House and elsewhere. She continues to work intermedially.

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