Deer tracks, coon scat,
abandoned squirrel digs,
overhead, crows convene –
below, the dogs trail mystery
while I am lost
beneath the tree,
whose exposed roots like dragon-toes
stretch toward . . . something.
1st place winner in Burlington Writers Group
Jean Rodenbough is the author of five books, a poet, and a retired Presbyterian minister. Her next book will include stories of animals who experienced tragic conditions until taken in by those whose love and care changed their lives. Poems are included as commentary.