Jan 112010

by Lyn Lifshin

A girl goes into the woods

and for what reason

disappears behind branches

and is never heard from again.

We don’t really know why,

she could have gone shopping

or had lunch with her mother

but instead has gone into

woods, alone, without the lover,

and not for leaves or flowers.

It was a clear bright day

very much like today.

It was today. Now you might

imagine I’m that girl,

it seems there are reasons. But

first consider: I don’t live

very near those trees and my

head is already wild with branches