Mikkilynn Olmsted: Gardener's Hands

Spring '08 TOC

Long violet veins
climb the cold rose tips, capped
unglossed, unbuffed
random roots or stickers
erupting through beds
slender arches molded taut to olive
the far left rogue curves outward in
time told by shallow lines
a ruddy splotch
earth graffiti
calloused right stump
dishwater or dirt
she bruises them.

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