Before the bombs a warm flame glowed in my heart. Daffodils swayed golden heads in the flower border. Pink blossom dressed cherry bushes in spring while summer brought red roses rambling against my outside wall and scarlet transformed maple trees in autumn. Now all that remains is a windowless frame rumbling in the wind with branches from the ancient oak caressing my brow.
ATYS THE PHRYGIAN SHEPHERD
Bitch. You’d think, Rhea, Uranus’s daughter, would know better. I shouldn’t have cheated, sure thing, fine, but to turn me into a fuckin’ pine tree. Under my prickly shade, she’s on her knees wailing, wants me to forgive her, for god’s sake. Zeus looks on, catches her howls, shafts me again, promises my needles will never shed, keeping me evergreen. Giving me no choice but to be his mother’s whore whenever she chooses to lie beneath me.
Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (University of Brighton).
Patricia is a published novelist, poet and short fiction writer. She has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. Her poetry pamphlets, Taxus Baccata, The Montefiore Bride and Sherry & Sparkly were published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.
She has a successful blog at Whitewingsbooks.com featuring other writers. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers.
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