plucked in the garden

plucked in the garden
by Caroline Crew

you have these flowers
as the after party of your life
why worry about a grave

but I am still here
another expense of the sun

evil has captured
the hearts of plants today
the bitterness of roads
is no longer a secret

I manicure this lawn
so perfect it lakes

I become the boat on which
the flowers are not


Caroline Crew is the author of PINK MUSEUM (Big Lucks, 2015), as well as several chapbooks. Her poetry and essays appear in Conjunctions, Salt Hill Journal, and Black Warrior Review, among others. She's online here: