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The Garden


on a bleached and barren
rock-scrabble hillside
near Tijuana
a sower
plants seeds—
twelve steps
made of gravel-filled tires
lead up
to a graffiti-clad
worship hall
where the giant softball
and blond maiden
piñatas
welcome all—
the sower is careful
to keep his seeds
from falling on pathways
to be trampled under foot
or devoured
by hungry birds
careful to keep them
from falling on rocks
to be withered
or choked
among thorns
he plants his seeds
squarely
on paper plates
of children
knowing
that in this good ground
seedlings will flourish
bring forth fruit
a hundred fold
R. T. Sedgwick

Listen to: The Garden

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