Joyce Genari

Some leaves refused
To let go of the tree
Then it became too frigid
So cold up high
They jumped
Only to land on the
White down bed below
Fallen brown stars nestled
Knowing they were safe
From mow or rake
Gazing up to the mother
They quivered awaiting
Layers of blankets to come

about the author
Joyce Genari lives in Beavercreek, Ohio, and is excited about her third time inclusion in Mock Turtle Zine. She is currently working on a compilation of poems entitled The Natural World, stemming from an experiment to write at least one poem every day for a year. In addition to writing, Joyce is a visual artist. You can see her artwork, including the Celebrityism series of collages focused on society’s obsession with celebrities, at