Benjamin S. Grossberg – Spring Helps
Spring helps. The theme of back to life
still appears to have a little pull.
Despite me? Well. almost. Distraction
helps, too—such close kin
Out walking in the swamp picking cowslip, marsh marigold,
this sweet first green of spring. Now sautéed in a pan melting
to a deeper green than ever they were alive, this green, this life,
Marcus Wicker – Close Encounters
I was a real cute kid. Ask anybody. My father
likes to tell a story about a modeling scout
who spotted us out midday shopping
at the Briarwood Mall. Imagine five-year-old me,
Balsamic, for Zhenjiang vinegar.
Letters, for the family gathered.
A Cuisinart, for many hands.
Petty burglars, for warring bands.