L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 10

from Planted

How many years now?

the tree still

not in bloom.

L.L. Barkat


Oh, I feel the pain in this one! Whether it’s a flowering dogwood that never flowered or just some bloomless bush. It should have worked. It was planted.

What to do then with a “ruined” plant. Prune it—all the way. Whack that sucker! Make room for those “red begonias.”

Also, I love that the poem ends with “empty sunlight.” I get oh, so weary of poems extolling the virtues of sun, as if sun is always a smiley face in the sky. Not in August in Texas.


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