Allow Yourself the Same Benevolent Neglect

Photo: Omar Willey. CC-BY 4.0.

From this autumn garden row,
trim dried pods, open and scatter their holdings—
a smoke of tiny specks—
like postcards written, yet stowed to send as memories
of August when birdbaths stand frozen
and air drifts cold.

Each wrist-shake drops dozens of seeds—
each an onyx bead, each a whole code
for specific spring growth,
for the red aroma that calls hummingbirds home,
for sudden lofty stalks top-heavy with bubble-gum pink crowns.

And leave them alone on the dirt.
Some the birds will eat.
The rest may do nothing,
less, an impression of death,
as if black flecks of amphibole
unconnected to fecundity or promise,
chips of mineral off larger blocks.

Let the months pass,
the odd snow dust the soil,
the frost bind them to the hardened ground.
Even forget they exist
until a songbird stirs up thoughts of short sleeves
and going sockless on a patch of grass.

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Pamela Hobart Carter loves Seattle as much for its water and mountains as for its bustle and creativity. She explores the Emerald City daily while walking her dog. Carter used to be a teacher who wrote on the side. Now she is a writer who teaches on the side.

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