Judith Bowles




The comfrey is alive this morning

its bell-shaped flowers are wobbling

with bees in busy birth-like clusters.

Life after life nuzzles in and out of dainty snouts

that seem an endless source of sustenance

for the yellow-dusted carriers. 

Last fall they swooned in shock, lay down

their dark lance leaves and all but said farewell

after the transplanting.  Cadaverous they lay

and I took them at their desiccated word

as goners.  Now they're running April riot

like an army at the border 

who've summoned a fleet of buzzing

allies to spread the loot once ravaged.

Judith Bowles is Ohio-born, Duke-educated, New York-leavened, and Washingtonian by nature.  She earned her MFA from American University in short fiction where she has taught creative writing.  She writes after having taken a sabbatical from writing during eight years in Philadelphia where she studied horticulture.



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