Pulling up the Vines

its not work its gardeningfrom blog”it’s Not work, it’s gardening”

Here’s a poem that appears in my book How the Hand Behaves:


Pulling up the Vines


Five entwined:

Wild grape ,aristocratic leaves and tiny purple berries,

English ivy, dignified and sturdy,

creeping Clematis, profuse and pungent white flowers,

Honeysuckle, seductive, heavy, waxy yellow flowers,

and Poison Ivy, those shiny red then green glossies.

Gloved , armed with clippers, I tear them from the smothered juniper.

Snarling, I charge them as I wrench them:

Get off the azaleas!

Bouncy and fragrant with galloping photosynthesis,

they pull away in long loops.

Aggressive, rejected,

they wilt slowly,

piled in a mountain by the trash can.


PoisonIvyfrom wrkf org


Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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