Needleless, the beetle-eaten pine stood
The weary vixen moved her three fox kits
Days ago, the Christmas kitten climbed up
Death, even in spring.
Another frost is sure to fall, maybe more than one,
Denton Loving is the author of the poetry collection Crimes Against Birds (Main Street Rag) and editor of Seeking Its Own Level, an Anthology of Writings about Water (MotesBooks). His writing has appeared in numerous journals including Iron Horse Literary Review, Kenyon Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and The Threepenny Review.
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