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Christine Rhein: Our Corner Acre, April Afternoon

Side by side, we dig in the withered flowerbed,

the sudden warmth, and once again you say, See

how much the light has shifted. I nod my head

at another changing season, our aching knees.

We pull out brittle roots, new stones that surface

every year, tokens of the old sheep field we raked

and raked, seeded, treed. Sad, and yet not, the pace

of branches needing trimming, worms we shake

from our trowels, their hungry bodies startled, blind.

Something startles us as well. We set down tools

and gloves, gather lilacs, open all the windows wide.

The croon of wood frogs, bird-cry fills our room,

our vining. A breeze across sheets and skin

carries us back outside or floats the outside in.


Copyright 2022 Christine Rhein. Originally published in The MacGuffin. Included in Vox Populi by permission of the author.

Christine Rhein, formerly a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry, lives in Brighton, Michigan. Her book Wild Flight can be ordered from Texas Tech University Press.

2 comments on “Christine Rhein: Our Corner Acre, April Afternoon

  1. Barbara Huntington
    April 17, 2022

    This is how I pictured my old age—not how it turned out

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      April 18, 2022

      Life is full of twists and turns, isn’t it? Michael Simms Publisher/Vox Populi Founder/Autumn House Press Author/Nightjar Author/American Ash

      Liked by 2 people

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