Working at Home, Day 5
One last trip to the office.
I grab the hard drive, folders, cheat sheets,
a stack of paper. Then I see
the plants—the three of them silent,
the big one flourishing, a gift
from a vendor years ago. I stand there
and think, Do I need to? Yes.
Three more trips to the car.
I lay their tendrils in the trunk.
Over and over, the same blasting thought:
What if they die? No, reader—
I mean the people who water them.
Amy Miller’s full-length poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press. Her writing has appeared in Barrow Street, Gulf Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, Willow Springs, and ZYZZYVA. She lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the poetry editor of the NPR listeners’ guide Jefferson Journal.
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