Glass Poetry Press

Volume Six Issue One
Featured Theme: Rebirth

Cindy Maresic

This Living Garden

At night the snail jellies between husks of twigs and stones. Light-filled moths wake and shiver above the bodies of bell peppers, tomatoes and sooty pods of green beans. Rumpy leaves of parsley and chives rustle against the wind. Somewhere, the click of crickets swell above the soil of darkness and settle among steady branches — but there's no sound to describe the split of old skin bleeding down stems. A beetle waits there ready to snip slivers of flesh and tear the surface of dirt. This life stops at nothing. But it's me, and not this garden, who will rise up from the south, tangled and brazen like these spooling vines into the wilderness of light where the day opens like back blossoms.