Red Affection


Think of me as the animal
in the camera most
likely to stand frozen.
An intimate moment
no matter if you
look away. I believe
there are particles
in us not suitable
for big nature.
What I really am
is already skinned
and flushed and when
I wrap my arms around
you something in them
screams. I have been
watching myself
for so long to make sure
I am still intact. This
season is open season.
I love the woods
as much as the next
person but now I am
begging to stay inside.

by Anne Cecelia Holmes