Aftermath (Photograph, 1953)

swirled bark from fallen tree

She points past a pile
of fallen trees—roots upturned,
knowing the grey-clouded

sky for the first time.
She stands
in their midst,

the logs lying
like a giant’s
game of pick-up-sticks.

The bank is eroded—smooth,
weather beaten. The ground
is soggy, and her knee-high

rubber boots seem to sink
even as she stands, still pointing
at what we cannot see.

©2018 Aubrey Young


Aubrey Young hails from east coast North Carolina. She is currently in her second year of the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s MFA program.

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