BACK WHEN WE WERE TALKING


 
My mother once told me –
back when we were talking,
which we did in those days
but haven’t done for a while now –
never to poop in your own backyard.

Which I obviously then did; because, why not?
And, besides, I immediately then got
scooped up and placed in another garden,
greener, lusher and more verdant,
set free to roam as I pleased and it pleased me a lot –
so no hard ever came of it.

And as for the poop…
well the poop got left exactly where it was,
at the foot of a tree next to a wheelbarrow full of leaves
and a radiator ripe with rust,
where it shrank and withered over time
growing old benignly.

by Rebecca L. Atherton

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Puddles



 
Puddles shine, like enchanted mirrors,
delivering coded messages from God.

by Rebecca L. Atherton

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All of a… (flutter)

There are gulls in the city
blown in from the sea,
where the boats leap and dance
like the inside of me.

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Summer Insanity

In typical Mallorquin style
they’re tarmacking the streets,
shutting off the city in August,
causing traffic jams for miles…

by Rebecca L. Atherton


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