Come crawling--
the grass is tall and spikey

drills holes in your legs

the bugs and liquids seep
inside and seeds and sap

from plants you wouldn't eat
or dream of eating--

the lack of food and
no soft place to lie down.



Explain your name: riveted
as revealed beneath the dark ground
has thickened

its water source buried-- that's
how deep you hoe in vain, certain

to overcome the dry blocks
the hardened earth-- no loosening
no matter what you try



All stationary silent things
line up for inspection:

moss under fingernails
wet marks on clothes
tire tracks across the couch

he said you have some

runs in your family but

all the same.

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