May/June 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 3 Nature's Nature |

Shepherd’s Purse

Capsella bursa-pastoris, L. Shepherd's purse, from the seedpods shaped like satchels, shaped like hearts So many as to be invisible in their plentitude, these tiny trodden cresses populate pastures and lawns and curbs. Pastor, pasture-tender, combing each blade of grass back into place, starring each rosette of sharp leaves across the field. Shepherd, roaming the hills week after week, what do you carry in that purse? As little as possible, just enough to carry on, to outlive oneself and propel the future into the future. A handful of cress and a wand of heart-shaped seeds. 1. Bright Fruit, Dark Fruit My godmother, Teresa, who was to me only ever "Ina" (short for "madrina," other-shore for "godmother," talisman for "substitute in case of disaster"), suffered several miscarriages before she gave light to her only living son, Andrés, and breathed a gyre of fire into his chest. My mother suffered neglect and the crime of having a child placed in her arms and then taken

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Marco Wilkinson's work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Seneca Review, Kenyon Review Online, Terrain, Taproot and elsewhere. He teaches at Oberlin College and Lorain County Community College, and is managing editor at Oberlin College Press.

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