May/June 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 3 Nature’s Nature 2020 |

In a Bad Year

Soil-stains and overalls. Plants with names I couldn’t pronounce. The knife you lent me, caramel-thin, tucked in my pocket. I read books by a beeswax candle. Faulty power lines. Making a home from our separate ideas of home. Sour- dough and diamond-patterned cats we found at the empty fairgrounds. Your melanoma chest, stitched, sliding into mine. Radicchio’s tender leaves chewed by deer. The creek washed up melons, corn, gas cans across the road. Buzzards drank from the same water as our hens. You fixed up an old tractor from the ’50s. Half-buried beer cans. We fought endlessly over clearing land, your mother, where shoes should be kicked off on the porch. Cauliflower froze then thawed yellow. I maxed out two credit cards. Sunflowers bloomed the colors of evening. Your friends stopped calling. The county sprayed herbicide too close to our carrots. I seeded more lettuce, texted old friends I saw had gotten married. Cold rice and cracked brown eggs. Lottery tickets folded in my

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