Sandee Lyles


You can peel the bark of an Oak

Like old scabs and charred skin

Expose the tender underneath

Renew its original beauty

Remove its secrets tattoos and scars

Make it born again

Erased and refreshed

Unlike a Cyprus

With nothing to peel

It has no secrets



Sandee Lyles is a Pediatric RN and publishing editor of Oak Bend Review.  Her own recent work may be found in The Cafe Review, Rattle, and Pank, among others.