what we’ve taken

dramatic entrance darien says about the way
i push the swing chains aside as i walk through
them like some bombshell in a movie from the 60’s
_______
all-day wind prying up the loose edges 
of the greenhouse roof
and windows as i sift compost and sand and coir
through the framed wire mesh
_______
gonna be the best soil mix ever i say
 explaining how i usually only sift the compost (not the other two ingredients)
and i love how mixing it with the hoe
in the huge galvanized tub is like
mixing the dry ingredients
for baking
_______
the snap of mica’s silver locket
when she opens and closes it
_______
we talk about what we’ve taken away
from our respective winters
over a double quinoa double carrot single lentil meal and small
beautiful cups of cheap wine
(and for me, the thimble)
_______
the crinkle of plastic
of the seeds i’m sprouting
layered in fabric
in my pocket
_______
alyssa introduces the fiddlehead song
and i don’t remember most of it already
but the sense of being curled up in its nest
carries itself with me
_______
how christina’s surprise and pointing out the window
to the lightning that i didn’t know was happening because
it’s all behind me makes me jump and say i’m scared! which is mostly a joke 
but also an honest reaction
and i walk out into the stormy night spooked
and i drive towards
the flickering horizon spooked
as the wind seems to say i can destroy anything/everything
and eerie and early are the two words i conjure

_______

some lightning is bright enough
to shine over
the dim glow of semi-functioning 
xmas lights
and the fury is strong enough
that i keep a close eye on the tornado watch that could
turn into a tornado warning

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