The Shadow Garden

The shade weeds loomed,
woven tall around thick air
so pungent green with
vegetables blooming that
when the carrots were
plucked and stripped,
we made a sweet orange
repast – buttered and
mapled and summer’s end.

Instructions for Setting Up My Electric Tree

WARNING: “Electric on your way
to shock, at most death be there.”
I sensed some possible danger. And
it continued, “Nothing hang from
such or rest upon. Dry cloth in the
cleaning. Look at lights not even.”

I had an idea that I was not to look
at my lovely new Christmas tree.
This was a bit of bad news. I suppose
I was most forlorn when I learned,
“Not to liquid with spray or other.”
Well, that took the merry right out
of my Christmas!