Tiny tendrils

gripping, grasping,

seeking, wrapping,

always growing,

only napping

under stars’

well-lit mapping.

Breaking day

opens lashes

dewdrop tears,

raining flashes,


of summer’s ashes.



Jason de Koff is an associate professor of agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University.  He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Jaclyn, and his two daughters, Tegan and Maizie.  He has published in a number of scientific journals, and has over 80 poems published or forthcoming in literary journals over the last year.