Hawthorn

The ancient Hawthorn groans under the weight of the vicious autumn wind. Gnarled branches twist through each other reaching towards the crimson autumn sky. Steel wind sways a blackened web of thorns. A leafless form like an old man stooped on the moor. Sheltered beneath it’s boughs a young couple, their skin turned blue by the bitter cold that descends upon them as day turns into night. Huddled together in death as they had been in life Their last moments together protected by the great tree.