November 21st, 2011

Poetic Seed-Saving

Barding in the Garden at the end of a pretty good season.

Stanzas seem a lot like raised beds to me, spaces where things can grow, cultivated, of their own vitality…

Garden-Plots-norelli

Garden Plots, by A. Norelli

Light somersaulting
from the last of the many
green peppers gone red

as flowers
and I dream
root’s

wiry headways
traveling
underground after

water, nutrition,
and the secret tillings
of the worm…

Certain things need a
year. I will not talk
melons; cauliflower

was a bust
but last night I dreamed
it growing well

no new tomatoes;
I planted clover beneath
peaches! Crazy!

Velvet-horned bucks
deface trunks—
eat sweet greens too!

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This poem was intended to be a string of haiku, but in practice it turned into many distinct attempts to encompass the form. I only kept the kernels I liked, weeding out and composting the rest, which left me 15, then 13, and finally eight stanzas. In each of them—the product of my first all-out season of micro-farming—there was some sort of fruit even if there was crop failure. And of course there are surprises brought about by using Form: a friend of mine noticed that ‘melons, cauliflower’ next to each other sounded a lot like melancholy, which was a great poetic harvest considering they were both devastated by groundhogs and the low point of my year. But at least I had some consolation that the loss made way for some clever wordplay, right? Very much like the perfect red chilies that were growing in my compost bin without a hint of my help all year! Surprises! That’s what the garden brings, good and bad, big and small! Poetry too! With the seeds of haiku I made a second season out of the end of fall. Who says composting should be relegated solely to the field of gardening? I find the composted realities of gardening are a heady fertilizer for the poetry medium.

And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


ARtist, poet, Gardener www.AlexNorelliARt.com

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    I love this poem. Thanks for posting it. HTG xox JMH

    root’s wiry headways…

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