Poems and Phantasms

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Another Season


This winter I am not looking in

seed catalogs, they belong to another season

before this third-floor apartment

before the divorce


I planted myself in that garden

for years, his property

that last summer I knew it was

the last, I gathered

stepping stones for storage, I transplanted

my grandmother’s mint, I pruned

tomatoes till my hands were stained

stinging with the smell of yellow-green, I filled

a jar of Job’s tears

grey pearls for my new windowsill


My first roses are untrained now and I never

tasted the asparagus I started from seed so

I close my eyes and feel

the roots and drive deep

the stakes and make

my plans for another season  

another spring

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