Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Kind Women

by Karen Friedland


Kind women,
who live in cities
and who love beauty

inevitably grow plants so big,
they could be trees,
reaching for the ceiling
as if reaching for the sky.

Kind women think nothing
of giving books, food and cuttings
to wanting younger women
who stop by—

books that line shelves over the years,
and cuttings
that grow huge and leafy
and act as talismans
against the evil men do,

growing on my window seat,
spreading their gnarled green grace

on passersby.

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