The Monastery Gardener in Danger of Being Misunderstood as a Vampire

Their cross was a fragment of the lattice that upholds the vine,
And when they drove it like a stake through the cultivated rose
   because its thorns had pricked their blood,
I left their grounds.
And all they had taught me of sunny prayer
   now darkened to this:
A violent cold had stunned the January plains–
In a non-magnetic field that lay broken and patched with snow,
I stood like a dead stalk, a little feeling left in its roots,
Seeking some heat from the winter stars.

–August 6, 2000

(“The Monastery Gardener in Danger of Being Misunderstood as a Vampire” appeared in the Early Spring 2005 issue of The Blue Mouse, Cypress CA.)

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Published on January 28, 2007 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

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