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Clayton A. Couch's poetry has appeared in numerous small press publications. He works as an online freelance proofreader/editor and as a Library Specialist at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC.

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by Clayton A. Couch

october chills blue
uneasy morning;
wasps, lazy and cold,

orbit browning leaves.
oak sap spots windshield.
tree shelters insect

parasites in wood,
limbs gnarled and aching.
torture perfected.

a touch regretful
that -- without remorse --
the buzz doesn't sting.

taxing roots system,
soils black memory
and symbols of bore.

when globes empty out,
they surface strange wings.