April is National Poetry Month. I’m celebrating with Writer’s Digest’s Poem a Day Challenge. Today’s theme is “damage.”

poetry month trees

Lightning Bark

One rainy night

the storm stabbed down a blazing spear

striking a young oak

tracing a dark line

Over time

exposed inner bark

scarred into a rough froth

the tree grew sound

and strong

reaching for the sun

until another strike

from a falling limb

revealed another darkness

a streak of rot



overcome but never forgotten




About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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