Shaken by Lauren McBride



                           Sometimes     rough

                  wind         howling           through     

           trees         unleashes         their        inner     

       monsters –      fingered    branches      reaching           

           down     to    scratch     at     windowpanes,    

                    long          limbs           leaning      

                          to    tap    on    rooftops  

                              until sturdy trunks

                                straighten  like    


                                       at dawn;  

                                      the  only 


                                   signs of

                            mischief    gutters

                         brimming with leaves.


(This poem first appeared in American Diversity Report, August 2021.)

Lauren McBride finds inspiration in faith, family, nature, science, and membership in the SFPA. Nominated for the Best of the Net, Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards, her poetry has appeared in dozens of publications including Asimov’s, Dreams & Nightmares, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. She enjoys swimming, gardening, baking, reading, writing, and knitting scarves for our troops.

Published 10/27/22

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