Patricia M Osborne


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. 


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 BaccataThe Montefiore Bride and Sherry & Sparkly were published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

She has a successful blog at featuring other writers. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers.

Facebook: Patricia M Osborne, Writer @triciaosbornewriter

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Flights, Issue Five, June 2022