Poetry

JUNE 2016

 
 Common earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris): Cross-section

 Common earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris): Cross-section

Raised Bed

by BETH MCDERMOTT

Having witnessed
the sudden anonymity

of a mass-planting
of Rudbeckia hirta,

I think of the species
of mole with unformed

eyes that keeps a
larder of paralyzed

earthworms for sapped
days: instead of

digging, the Talpa
occidentalis
 pulls one

between its paws
for cleaning, feels

the pipeline empty.