That gleam on green whose swift pause is a glimpsed mood half-hidden at the edge of a foliated dream. Sending its soft mewl, a rippled renaissance, through furred leaf whiskered and burred is the verdant one — sleek feral queen masked in oak.

© Sara Firman, ‘Of Rocks and Roots, Life in an Ozark Forest’ originally published in Earthlines Magazine (Issue 2, Aug 2012)