Kenneth Pobo

Ghost Garden

I walk past the garden bed
where we released
my mother’s ashes. 
Two cats are buried there. 
Sunflowers and pink rogersia
thrive where death
makes a home.  Sometimes
by a light of fireflies,
I think I see my mom
and those cats.  The moon
reddens above the roof
and every year
flowers return.


In Late May

We look at Lake Superior
while we have eggs and toast. 
The sun sews a blanket

that we’re going to need
on the ferry.  The Lake looks
back at us.  We hope

she’s a benevolent goddess. 
Sand Island basks
and sunbathes.  Or trembles

when winter’s hands 
grab and strangle.  For now,
it’s 20-minutes

to Madeline Island, spray
coating our beards, thin 
fog hiding the dock.

© Kenneth Pobo

Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections.  Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), and Uneven Steven (Assure Press). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions. Lavender Fire, Lavender Rose is forthcoming from Brick/House Books.

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