Tara K. Shepersky
Imagine I said I wish to live as a bank of Nootka roses.
Catching breaths equally
with my thicket of thin curved daggers,
my swooning scent.
Showing off my hips in winter,
round or wrinkled, sun-cupped, bitter. Exactly
what you need.
Sinking my feet strong
in salty marshes, limbering my skin
to ocean's whisper.
Imagine I am planted here, beautiful, and sharpening my knives.
West Linn, OR
Tara K. Shepersky (she/her) is a contemplative walker, writer, & photographer based in Oregon's Willamette Valley. She lives for the turning seasons, pre-dawn walking, and the whims of her tuxedo cat, d'Artagnan. Find more of her recent work in Camas Magazine, Whitefish Review, Shark Reef, and Leaping Clear.