If I accomplished nothing else today
I planted nepeta cataria
inside the broad mouth of a flower pot
leftover from my grandfather’s passing.
I held a pony tail of her sticky locks
and considered long the origin of her species,
the ancient quality of dirt unearthed
with five extra heaves of a shovel,
and of Annie Dillard for no good reason at all,
ruffling the tips of winter-killed grass
with the flat of her palm.
Loving her not for those words
but for how they make me know her.
I whispered nepeta cataria
for the animal of that root bundle
to rouse with startled delight
inside the dark.
You’re heart has opened up to the world around you so beautifully. Don’t ever stop. ❤️
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This poem caught me cold for a moment. Absolutely fantastic, it has movement, vividness, at once clear sighted and suggestive. This one goes into the collected poems. Grab a copy of “Poetry Market 2017” and submit. Beautiful! Slides somewhere between Mary Oliver and Denise Levertov.
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