29 April 2013

Inch by Inch

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Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary 2
Illustration by 
w:en:William Wallace Denslow (1902)



She sentenced herself to fall from Eden
to tend her own garden, to watch her bulbs
take hold, to stop saying “I’m Sorry.”

On a deep night that purred, the deed occurred:
unseen fingers gently removed her name
and untied links between the two gardens.

This is what I want!  She catches herself
and leans her crutch outside her garden gate
to plant both feet deeply, to stand upright.

You need this!  She reminds herself to stop
shaking, to work alone, to cook food stored
inside her bulbs, heart, lungs and memory.

What if …?  Shhhh … Ready?   She spits word seeds,
sprouts fruits and weeds, cultivates, and proceeds.




Posted for NaPoWriMo Day 29 and for 
the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads' Open Link Monday.


Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast




9 comments:

Margaret said...

LOVE that first stanza!

sreeja harikrishnan said...

this is interesting and fantastic....
You need this! She reminds herself to stop
shaking, to work alone, to cook food stored
inside her bulbs, heart, lungs and memory.

What if …? Shhhh … Ready? She spits word seeds,
sprouts fruits and weeds, cultivates, and proceeds.

what more to say...

Brian Miller said...

smiles...keep spitting word seeds like this...smiles...it is good for you...and sometimes we need to stop apologizing and just get on with it...smiles.

Susie Clevenger said...

This is fantastic! Love the opening and then to have her spitting word seeds at the end is perfect!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love it.......especially the spitting of word seeds.

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

Like that last line! What a great finish!
Hope you had a great Happy Poetry Month, Susan. :)

VaNdAnA ShArMa said...

Lovely indeed

Lauren Tivey said...

And she will make it, inch by hard-won inch, that warrior of the dirt, within. I love it.

Susan said...

Nice: warrior of the dirt!