color key — blue: mental health; yellow: relationships. contrast of light and dark correlates with bright and somber tones of voice.

No Branches, No Trees

No Branches, No Trees

No Branches, No Trees

No Branches, No Trees

No Branches, No Trees

Not where you are, I said
Should I tell you how I feel?
No branches and no trees.
Can you find me where I am?
Not where you are, I said
I
am.
I could recall a thousand places,
A thousand fragments of time
For my traumas and scars.
I am the puzzle of them all, but now I see people taking my pieces from me and giving me theirs, as if we were in school, collecting cards.
Because I spoke and someone heard, we are connected somehow. We are together somewhere else.

© Midnight Woman 2021