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A.J.M. Aldrian

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Where the Fox and the Hare say Goodnight

There are ghosts that run in the hallways of my mind

Keep me crazy, longing to be free

In backwards time

To the last place we said goodbye

Wo sich Fuch und Hase gute Nacht sagen

The Raining Tree.

The sun would rain rainbows there if I make it so,

and the trees are telling stories in whispers.

The languid and lusty forest would forever call my name

with raining music of romantic lullabies

And mossy mud were as dry as sand when I touched it

Rubbing it in my hands, sweet like lavender in my mouth.

The morning sun is too loud, late in the day

When bells rings louder than life, mom calls,

Doodlebug, do you remember the day?

when you kicked the can

and all bad things went away.

Grown now, I still remember

The lucid cinnamon scent wafting through

the open windows on a rainy morning

But now ain’t you one well to know, then go fuck shit up-

Mama’s yelling now, and I’m yelling at myself

Let’s escape from city, traveling up North again

To where those ghosts don’t run, don’t scream

Instead hum in the woods of song free

About the Author: A.J.M. Aldrian is a graduate of Hamline University with a BFA in Creative Writing, she loves many genres including fiction; horror, sci-fi, literary, and fantasy, as well as poetry and non-fiction, historical, nature, and memoir. She collects books and loves spending time cuddled up reading them with her partner and cat. She can also be found on her podcast “Thinking on the Air” on Spotify. 


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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