She felt herself shrinking
In a forest of demented trees
Monochrome like barcodes
From a neurodegenerative disease.
She felt a rage erupting
That mutated into delusion,
Dived deep into strange faces,
Emerging in confusion.
She couldn’t remember the way
Along paths she’d often trod
But familiar walks were haunted
By monsters, mice and gods.
With trembling hands and shuffling feet,
She was not in her perfect mind,
Queen Lear embraced each shadowy tree,
Until body, bark and branches intertwined.
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
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