The Evergreen

Hannah’s motorcycle fishtails on wet pavement before she goes down. This is it.

When she was a girl, Hannah loved the sensation of cheating the reaper. She climbed the skinny evergreen behind her house, high as she could go, until she could feel death waiting to catch her should she fall. She clung for dear life and kissed the tree, savoring the piney zing of sap. Fear and joy were one. She was alive.

Her skin on pavement, death rushing at her in the form of a pickup with squealing breaks, Hannah feels it again; joy, pine sap, waiting arms.


Tara Ramsey is a writer from Washington State, currently living in Hanoi Vietnam.

Photo Credit: ((brian))

5 Responses to “The Evergreen”

  1. Letina Kelly says:

    Wow! Gives you a whole new way of looking at it.

  2. rich gravelin says:

    This is an amazing story, Tara; thanks for sharing it.

  3. Jen says:

    Love it!

  4. Hayden Atkinson says:

    Absolutely fantastic!!!!!

  5. Hayden Atkinson says:

    Absolutely fantastic!!!

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