16 May 2006


the marigolds make a mad border-
orangebrown petals spiral round
and shine up at the sun

hemming in the rank weeds, the
green overgrowth studded with
slategrey stones, mossy backed,

velvet patchwork, accidental colors

tempered by time, climate, and

crumbled leaves choke the thick-toothed
grate, the asphalt creeps close,
the blisters of tar pebbled with
gravel-edges, a coastline of blue slate
edged into earth
surrounded by the green-green-
green ever growing taller to the sky

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