Amy Gerstler: In Perpetual Spring

In Perpetual Spring

Hibiscus by Marcia Verleta
Hibiscus by Marcia Verleta
Gardens are also good places
to sulk. You pass beds of
spiky voodoo lilies
and trip over the roots
of a sweet gum tree,
in search of medieval
plants whose leaves,
when they drop off
turn into birds
if they fall on land,
and colored carp if they
plop into water.
Royal poinciana by Marcia Verleta
Royal poinciana by Marcia Verleta
Suddenly the archetypal
human desire for peace
with every other species
wells up in you. The lion
and the lamb cuddling up. 
The snake and the snail, kissing.
Even the prick of the thistle,
queen of the weeds, revives
your secret belief
in perpetual spring,
your faith that for every hurt
there is a leaf to cure it.
by Marcia Verleta
by Marcia Verleta
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