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In winter,

the trees appear

as naked ladies,

standing proudly

in the woods,

arms stretched

to the sky,

reaching for

the stars

with thin

frostbitten

fingers.

 

 

 

Mary Ellen Shaughan is a native Iowan who now lives in Western Massachusetts. Her poetry has appeared in PeregrineFoliate Oak, Long Story Short, Iowa Writes, A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine, Aleola, and 2River View.

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