{the #MoSt Poetry: 5}

Write a poem in response to this idea: Handling Earth With Care. This is a prompt from the contest portion of our MoSt 8th Annual Poetry Festival, which will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2020–and which we heartily encourage you to attend! The deadline for submissions to the contest is Saturday, January 11th, 2020. For more information on Festival registration and contest submissions, go to our website.

Kelvingrove Park Flower 065


garden catalogs
are stacked in a tidy pile
fueling distant dreams
for now, tucked under soft rain
swaddled in compost, earth rests.

and is it enough,
the hopeful stalks of bee-balm,
butterfly bushes,
scattering the worm castings
and forking up the rich soil?

Two hands work alone:
Joining yours, they circle earth.