hedgehogs broken quills evidence the fact of feline busybodies.
grasshoppers, crickets, besides iridescent beetles, assume liberties
With my new
lettuce, flowering tomatoes, and aging peas. Mere meters
Away, a groundhog
pretends not to be snuffling in the leaf mould of my
Cold compost pile,
else digging toward its assembly of obliging worms.
hearts, plus heirlooms, alike, fare poorly here, where
less common than brambles, violets, bluebells, also skunk
deer, further, freely appraise this buffet which isnt
or toothwort. Ants, mice, chipmunks, meanwhile,
Help themselves to
seeds barely burst from their shells, not sprouted.
among footnotes, quotes from primary sources, midst
remnants flagging my graduate student brain, I cogitate
surrounding boscages, coppices filled with red maple,
white cedar, paper birch, likewise pine, where scarce
Strung rows of
beans, carrots, turnips realize maturity, kitchen tables.
best to keep to baking pumpkin muffins in frosty seasons,
To clearing walks
by shoveling, to waiting for snowplows, to praising
freezing. Its Septembers potages, not Marchs radishes
That round the
local seasons. Car batteries, cords of firewood, as well
birdseed for chipmunks cull more attention than my squash.
That we heed our
youngsters artifacts, like architecture, cookware,
embraces media makers fusillades over rhetoric from
attention legitimately negotiates other peoples
peregrinations end poorly when we wont commit
If grappling with
beloveds insistent on changing our bath minerals,
Else our herbal
Best, we come to
terms with their cannonades, ignore all products
discussing matters with golden year felines, conferring
No matter how
mainstream, how important, our kids tenets stick
douse select menu items with cod liver oil, cause
To scrub away
their traces of culinary mischief. Afterwards,
Well try to
Zebra: Interdependence at its Best
(A Prose Poem)
She whuffed while
hoofing at the carrots in her trough. Truly, alfalfa was tastier. Not all
equines like the same food.