Sarah Jane Barnett

Tuesday Poem: Weeds by Sarah Jane Barnett

Monday, 7th February, 2011

Weeds

 

She squares away at the bottom of the garden,

digging a row of bulbs in the dampness. A brown bird lifts

from the playhouse roof like a mathematical

breath. The sky shifts. She rubs the slight brightness

 

of a headache that may just be the beginnings of pleasure

as she tugs knots of weeds from the wrinkle of grey

dirt between grass and mound. The stems rib down

to hairy nodules. Their dusky heads bend

 

like the feral roadside flowers she picks for their bedroom.

A bit of wild, she says to Alex who looks up, smiles,

and goes back to eating his croissant.

The flowers try to hold the weight of her.

 

 

 

Sarah Jane Barnett is a writer and reviewer who lives in Wellington. Her work has appeared in a range of literary journals including Landfall, The Listener and Sport, and on the e-zines Cordite, Snorkel and Turbine. Her poem, The Drop Distance, was selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2007. Sarah is currently completing a creative writing Phd in the field of ecopoetics. She also blogs at http://theredroom.org/

There are some fantastic lines in this poem -

A brown bird lifts

from the playhouse roof like a mathematical

breath.

 

and

The flowers try to hold the weight of her.

 

Yes!

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