Sarah van Praag Leonard
SITTING IN MY BACKYARD IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA,
Stark moon aloft tonight – a gargoyle grimace, widened eyes and howling mouth, cold harsh light, unending space. Fronds unfurl, tall palm tree stretches, cleaves the garish globe. Dark earth spins, clouds swirl. Shadows float below. Long armed saguaro sentinel stands guard against the forbidding sphere. A whispery whisk of wings, I pull my sweater close. Best not remain out here. Crooked mouth, malignant grin, vacant orbs in velvet sky, the moon’s too bright. I shut my eyes. Beware!
Sarah van Praag Leonard is a creative writing student at Paradise Valley Community College under the tutelage of Dr. Lois Roma Deeley. She holds a BA and MA from Stanford University, and her work has appeared in Paradise Review and in Passages, the Maricopa County Community College District Creative Writing Competition publication.