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August

lesson learned about window-box herbs:
conceal them from the afternoon sun
or the tinder-straw skeletons
will guilt your every homecoming
for the rest of the season

draining tumescent rain-barrels by feel
spigots choked with algae
a nightly rescue of porch-pot flowers
summertime vampire living
gardening at night

a photo-album memory of a man
thinning hair wild, grinning in the Polaroid flash
planting marigolds by feel and amphetamines
swing-shift auto-builder by day
manic landscaper by streetlight

deep blue verbena
blood-red elephant ears
riot in the shade
arcing towards the burning beam
that fried the cilantro




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clevermanka
Aug. 28th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
RIP, Cilantro.

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