Poem of the Month

Garden Menagerie

A bemused gnome kicks back
between spider plant and calendula,
draws from stone pipe
as he studies
ceramic toads and turtles.

Beneath a repurposed bird bath
now hosting succulents,
a meditating frog poses
cross-legged on terra cotta saucer,
contemplates ballerina bloomed fuchsia.

At his knee, a smaller, disgruntled relative
scowls toward a potted camellia,
disapproves as it sheds entire flower heads,
litters concrete patio and azaleas
with clown polka dot petals.

May 2017


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