Panters by Julia Nunnally Duncan

Her grandma called them panters
and declared they ran through the mountains.
The girl lay in bed under a patchwork quilt
in the loft of her grandma’s house
and listened to the waterfall rushing out back.
But when she fell asleep and dreamed,
she heard the panthers screaming
as they moved stealthily in the woods,
coming closer and closer to her.

 

 

 

Julia Nunnally Duncan
Julia Nunnally Duncan's most recent book is a poetry collection, A Neighborhood Changes, released by Finishing Line Press in 2018. Her eleventh book, A Journey in Words: New and Collected Works, is forthcoming from Red Dirt Press in 2019. She lives with her husband Steve in Marion, NC, and they enjoy visits from their daughter, Annie, a college junior.

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