something inside us
darkens, turns evergreen

holly, cedar
slowing growing

roots in darkness
lasting centuries

these yew tree berries
poisonous berries

the old monk said
“it’s only the seeds

are poisonous, thrushes
blackbirds eat them”

he’d remove the seeds
eat 30 a day

never came to harm
“& they taste like mangoes”

Posted: Mon 21 Mar, 2016