Dig In

Dig in, both hands, deep, deeper
Packed clay soil meets tenacious space
and gloved pincers, break it all down
to accept gentle roots of Gerbers
Pink, Orange… a splattergasm of color

Heat beats down; the race is on
Toiling Angla in 3-digit sunscreen vs.
ungodly hot-air soup

Inside, peeling the layers of me
Step into cold shower
Ice fire, tingling triumph
Good work; better remedy

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

Poets United: Kim Nelson asked us to “tap the water table,” literally or metaphorically. Believe me when I say this garden, planted in the middle of July, was hard-won labor but worth every drop of sweat! Also at my literal garden, Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, in the margins (near the fence!).  Peace, Amy