April 13*

kinnickinnick

i mow the scattered lawn
third time this year
inwardly complaining

but two cuts behind my neat-cropped neighbor

it should all be garden, flowers
tangle of salal, oceanspray, kinnickinnick
a wild and criminal campaign of weeds

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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Photo © 2004, Starflower Foundation

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