Secret Hideaway – photo by Wild Thing

Old apple tree
A child’s delight
Secret hideaway
Out of mom’s view  

Afternoons spent
Cradled in its boughs
Listening to birds
Discussing worms 

Comforting arms
After a scolding
Warm sun rays
Drying wet cheeks 

Twilight dark
Hide ‘n seek
Stifled giggles 
Never found there 

Green apples
Told not to eat
You’ll get worms …
Briefly considered it 

Falling once
Lungs airless
Waited for angels
Relieved none came

After a time
Secret hideaway
Not so secret
Still a favorite 

Then mom said 
Get out of that tree
Time to stop 
Being a Wild Thing 

Wild Thing ©2016

Written for Writer's Digest April's
Poem a Day Challenge #9
WD 9 Hideout

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