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Introduction to Gardening
Cathryn Cofell

I know dead when I see it.
Bile-colored leaves,

decomposing stalks.
I know about dredging
these small corpses
from the earth,
the heft of gathering remorse
in gloved hands.
A noticeable weight, yes,
but not so heavy considering
this loss was born
from these same neglectful hands.†
And yes, it was neglect,
those luxuriant black-sky days
when downpour seemed so certain,
those lolling humid days
when reading or sleep
were more important chores.
I know perennials,
they come back.
Like old boyfriends or lies.
Unwilling to be contained, popping
up when you least expect them.
Growing is what they do, even here
in this godforsaken place
I call a garden, a yard, a home.†
Yes, I know dead when I see it.

This poem first appeared in the†Comstock Review.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Cathryn Cofell is a fierce advocate for poetry, helping to launch†the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and its endowment fund,†Verse Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poetry Chapbook Prize, and the Poetry Unlocked reading series in Appleton, WI.†She is the author of a full-length collection called†SisterSatellite, six chapbooks, and a music/poetry CD. Learn more about her at†

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Been there! Remorse, guilt - but never thought of putting it into a poem, happy birthday Cathryn - I hope your plants reward you with a lovely flowering year. You deserve it - a delightful poem.
Posted 06/18/2018 05:43 AM
"Like old boyfriends or lies." Perfect! Thank you, Cathryn, for taking me to you naive garden.
Posted 06/18/2018 05:41 AM
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