Victory Garden



Together on the clipped lawn
nestled in their cages
 
grown from tender seedlings
I nurtured for weeks

cheek to cheek upon their blossoms 
I bragged about my crop 
 
but did not see the cancer blooming
black beneath the blush 

my well-meaning watering 
rot them from inside

and they drank until they split
and died upon the vine.


– TERESA KIPLINGER

 

 

 

photo by zanda photography


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