Stand of Aspens


Marnie Bullock Dresser





The roots are older than any other tree

I can see from here.  Not just older than me.


Early in fall, almost still summer,

leaves bright yellow, not yet done,


right there where the sun slides

low and hits river rock like a spotlight,


I could pry that one rock up

and bury my secret there.  Deep enough.


Instead I will jimmy off some bark,

chew it, and soothe my aching heart.










Marnie Bullock Dresser lives in Spring Green Wisconsin with her husband and son and four cats.  Her badminton motto is “less pitiful all the time.”