I reach the woods, already late.
The shadows creep and writhe and step
by step they follow me without
my knowing why or how.
Wind scratches leaves on forest floor,
a mist takes shape along the path,
a trembling starts, its edges blur,
it whispers, Join us now.
Rosalie Morales Kearns is an Albany, NY-based writer whose short story collection, Virgins and Tricksters, has just been published by Aqueous Books. One of the stories in the collection received a Special Mention in the 2013 Pushcart Prize volume. She is a previous contributor to Danse Macabre, and has other stories, poems, and essays published in Witness, The Nervous Breakdown, and other journals.