Catherine Graham

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“Boy and Lawn” by Catherine Graham
from the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet

When I close my eyes I see

the weeds through his head.


Clover. Dandelion. Wild carrot.

Daisy. I wanted every day


to be Saturday, for the grass

to grow high like the waiting


inside me. Dad paid the boy

to mow. I watched him


turn aisles through my

bedroom window. His glasses


thick and black. I saw

those eyes close up. Green


hovered between us

like the spears on his grave.

Originally from Winterkill (Insomniac Press 2010)