disguise — Maria A. Arana

you want to hide from the world
but your movements give you away
better to stray like a cat in heat
than wander a lonely landscape
with nowhere to go

and when the church bell rings
for the third time tonight
I’d know you got lost
and returned to where the thorns
built a wall around this house
just for yo
u

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Maria A. Arana is a teacher, writer, and poet. Her poetry has been published in various journals including Spectrum, The Pangolin Review, Nature Writing, and Cholla Needles Magazine. You can find her at https://twitter.com/m_a_Arana