Dogs 2015

ANY SHADE OF GREEN
(3/31/15)


my first
realization
came suddently

as I was
looking
at a pallet
of fertilizer

smelling
a pallet of
fertilizer

reading
the warning
label

wondering
how best
to pick up
a bag
in order to
minimize contact

crazy thought

handling
hazardous chemicals
in order to have
the perfect
living lawn

enough

I needed
a return
to sanity

so
I returned
home

surveyed
the yard

decided
that there was
already plenty
growing there

the neighbors
just wouldn't consider
much of it
as desirable

I am now
in the process
of transplanting things
to areas
where they seem
to thrive
best

I plan
a patchwork
quilt
of greenery

as long
as I keep
my heterogeneous
collection
well trimmed

there
shouldn't be
much commotion
from the surrounding
inhabitants

I dig
into the soil

my hands
smell like dirt

they smell
like life

not
like Dow Chemical