and September’s first week…

Slippery elm twig,

At summer’s slip
turn to the elm.
Its branches speak
to time and realm.

June made promise
July paid rent
August dallied
and warmth was spent.

September slows
into the rhyme
of single twig
and paradigm.

Take dose of tea
and walk in wood
then turn back to
your neighborhood.

NOTE: The slippery elm is native to North America and it offers medicinal qualities that might cure the kind of hangover too much summer causes.
In September, a person can gather up their emotional twigs and come back
to true selfhood. Season’s turnings are heart-rendering hellos/goodbyes.



Mary L. Holden

A constantly evaporating editor and writer. Believer in medium since 2013 when they made me wait for an invitation….