By Maureen Martin Appel

Sitting on the patio

last evening with friends

I excused myself

for a moment

and dove

into the sword ferns,

rushing headlong

into the swirl of spores

and leaf love,

greeting the green elixir

with a deep sigh.

How refreshing,

how marvelous

to swim in green cells,

bathing in light energy,

the glittering drops of chlorophyll

clinging to my skin

as I returned

to the table

and resumed our conversation.




Maureen Martin Appel lives in Oakland, CA. She works as a lactation consultant, teaching and helping new mothers breastfeed. Her forthcoming work will appear in Pearl.

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