Poetry Month Offering # 4

I’m like , 20 poems behind…


There. I did it.

The last plant you left me

dry , brittle brown and now

resting on top of the compost heap.

I wasn’t nice about it.

Slow starvation

Slow dehydration

Slow prolonged ending

Standing by the window

uselessly waiting —-

for me to notice the need

the wanting , the water.

Just like you, 

I can’t make anything grow

I can only kill —

and admire the cleanliness

of the window sill 

in the absence.

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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1 Response to Poetry Month Offering # 4

  1. Good work. “…The last plant you left me [is] resting on top the compost heap…”

    Next year or for the next challenge spend the time working on learning new (or old) poetic forms. If you set a goal like that you may find it easier to do 30 poems in 30 days. Any free verse work that I produce in these challenges is purely happenstance. And if the piece is good or has potential, I pull it aside and place it in the submission bucket.

    Tell Joelle that I said hello. Her second book is far better than her first.

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