Garden The dad plants a garden in tiny yard in front of six family digs up dead rose and forsythia. In school the kid gets a box of seeds to sell for PTA. The kid don’t know anyone with land for growing all stuck in apartments. The dad buys four packs, marigolds, portulaca, zinnia, balsam. The dad finds old bricks makes a ring in center of garden to fill with flowers and all along front border, tomatoes, cukes, peppers all fit into little yard. The kid and the dad climb down from front porch onto a stump or by front stairs over old wire fence with rotten wood frame. In fall dad shows the kid how to get seeds from dead flowers for next year no need to buy from school. The kid and the dad eat tomatoes like heaven straight from the garden all sun warm and sweet the kid likes all this growing stuff sniffs fingers tomato scented. The ma doesn’t make sauce or do canning makes the kid sell tomatoes door to door fifty cents a pound.
Eve Rifkah was co-founder of Poetry Oasis, Inc. (1998-2012), a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education and promoting local poets. Founder and editor of DINER, a literary magazine. MFA Vermont College. She is author of Dear Suzanne (WordTech Communications, 2010) and Outcasts: The Penikese Island Leper Hospital 1905-1921 (Little Pear Press, 2010). Chapbook Scar Tissue, (Finishing Line Press, 2017), At the Leprosarium, 2003 winner of the Revelever Chapbook Contest. Her single poems, flash fiction stories and essays have appeared in many journals.