Garden Lessons

by MILTON JORDAN

Tomorrow you will learn the language
of dirt, the inflections of growing things,
what each stalk drains up out of the earth,
turning one direction then another,
flexible in its strength, bending with wind
and stretching away from every comfort
of lifelessness, reaching each day above
itself and depending on nothing
but that creative tugging toward the sun.

From Issue 5

MILTON JORDAN lives in Georgetown, Texas, with his wife, the musician Anne Jordan. He has published essays, poems, reviews, and stories in literary and general circulation journals. His most recent poetry collection is What the Rivers Gather (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2020). Milton edited the anthology, No Season for Silence: Texas Poets and Pandemic (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2020).

One Reply to “Garden Lessons”

  1. Terrific little piece – it really sang… All the more so as gardening is close to my heart…

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