Tall majesty,
Tiny cones,
Winter snow cover,
Cool summer shade.

You were my cave,
my playhouse.
All of your branches,
protected me

from all of my
From Unknown armies

Peeking outside
through your needles,
I could be or do
almost anything.

-Colleen Halupa

Colleen Halupa is a college professor and multi-modal writer who graduated from the University of Denver creative writing program. She is a nature lover lives in the beautiful piney woods and lakes of East Texas. She and her husband rescue dogs and are at 23 and counting…