Plants at Work

Plants at Work

Sunflowers bob on a raft near Chernobyl,
roots leaching atoms humming with intent
to harm, but diffusing like sugar in the slow
surge of some big flower’s stalk,
its face tilting to follow the sun’s arc,
working much harder than sunflowers I planted
in the backyard one summer, six lanky plants
framed by the kitchen window and mysteriously
snapped at the waist one day, my stepson
sulking, our weather toxic.

–Lynn McGee

LizKresch_web

painting by Liz Kresch

Buy issue #11 in PDF format here for just $5.95, or get the full-color print version via Amazon and select bookstores.


Poetry Writing

Leave a Reply