House of Lief

an incomplete catalog of detritus in a rotting tree

one half of a freshwater mussel shell
a deflated blue foil birthday balloon
three ribs and a cracked fragment of a skull.
an abandoned dishcloth, faded maroon
Woodsy Thyme-moss growing over the bark
oak and maple leaves, rotting into soil
a red and rusted combination lock.
rocks pulled from the river, a cracked fossil
a half-crushed and empty bud light bottle
whispered prayers for safety and redemption
my bare hands, the filtered light of the sun.