by JoyAnne O’Donnell

The plague is horrible, it cannot see or hear.
Cold as ice still frozen, it bleeds my heart.

The tree of wither
the tree of bones
the soul to eternity

The absolute sacrifice
of prince of policemen
Saint Michael
trying to bring life

from hurt
to new again
silver gates
open but open late.

JoyAnne O’Donnell is an author of three books of poetry that include Winds of Time and Spring & Summer’s Veil by Kelsay Books, Palace of Enchanted Day and Night by Cyberwit. JoyAnne is currently working on another book of poems. Varada J.M is a 9th-grader based in Kerala’s Koyilandi, studying at Rani Public School, Vadakara. After hurriedly doing homework, Varada divides her time between practicing classical dance and watching horror films. She loves dogs but nobody at home wants one.