Offering Street

by Tara Skurtu

Tara Skurtu is the author of The Amoeba Game and the upcoming poetry collection Faith Farm. A two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, she is the founder of International Poetry Circle, a steering committee member of Writers for Democratic Action, and works as a writing coach. Tara’s recent work appears in Salmagundi, The Common, The Baffler, and Poetry Wales.



 
Every bush and bulb I’d planted
in our small square plot

I pulled out that morning by the roots.
Walked each, one by one, to a pile

of trash by the curb: the living
wall of evergreens, budding

lavender lining the walk
to our door; the blood-brown

calla lilies, daffodils, irises,
pink peonies, white hyacinths.

Everything I’d buried on Offering Street.
And watered. Everything possible

to predict: all you said that was
that wasn’t. What I didn’t know

and couldn’t name the wet grey clay
released, whoosh, into my grip.

I never wanted to be a gardener.
I wanted to garden.
 


Tara Skurtu is the author of The Amoeba Game and the upcoming poetry collection Faith Farm. A two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, she is the founder of International Poetry Circle, a steering committee member of Writers for Democratic Action, and works as a writing coach. Tara’s recent work appears in Salmagundi, The Common, The Baffler, and Poetry Wales.

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