Her Garden

Eve Lyons

 

She comes to me

so anxious she is

unable to finish her sentences

scared by the official looking letters

she cannot read

from the IRS, Social Security,

lawyers, Mass Health.  She is not

stupid.  Thanks to NPR

she is better informed

about the world

than most Americans.

She makes less

than seven thousand

a year and works a little

on the side

even though her body

cannot really take the work

she does, and she

is too ashamed

to let her children know

she cannot read

too proud

to seek help.  She would rather

muddle along

in her perpetual confusion

and fear

than admit what

many have already figured out. 

This world is not friendly

for those

who will never know

this poem. 

“A book is like a garden

carried in the pocket,”

or so the Chinese proverb goes

but her pocket

is already full

and her garden is full of weeds

which don’t need watering

 

 

Eve Lyons is a poet, fiction writer, and playwright who is living in Boston, MA. She has published in Fireweed,  Labyrinth,  Concho River Review, Barbaric Yawp, Women’s Words,  Woven, Sapphic Ink, Texas Observer, Houston Literary Review, Word Riot, protestpoems, and two different anthologies

Deadline

Eve Lyons

 

It is spring

everyone is breeding:

Two co-workers,

the hawks in a building

on Fresh Pond Highway,

the geese in the Chestnut Hill reservoir,

and Phoebe, the hummingbird in California

everyone’s watching on the internet.

It seems everyone is breeding

except me. 

When I was twelve

I played M.A.S.H.

tried to predict

the essential things in life:

Who I’d marry,

what kind of car I’d own,

what kind of house I’d live in,

where I’d live,

how many children I’d have.

I remember being so sure

I’d have kids

by the time I was twenty-eight,

I remember thinking twenty-eight

seemed so far away

so very old.

I’m nine years past

my expiration date

and counting.

 

 

Photo by J.L. WOODWARD

Eve Lyons is a poet, fiction writer, and playwright who is living in Boston, MA. She has published in Fireweed,  Labyrinth,  Concho River Review, Barbaric Yawp, Women’s Words,  Woven, Sapphic Ink, Texas Observer, Houston Literary Review, Word Riot, protestpoems, and two different anthologies.