Martha Washingtons

by T.A. Delmore

This poem appears in Vol. 1 #2 (Spring/Summer 1998) of Men's Voices journal.
 Men's Voices: So men can find their voices and speak their truths

T.A. Delmore is the author of Ecllipsing F: Crow Poems in Three Parts
The Dark Indigo Current book cover

There is something

about absence-

the lack of geraniums

in terra-cotta pots.

How they summered

as invitation

to people, and a season.

"For lo the winter is past."

The empty pots;

web-filled, chipped-

a cave for the unintentional.

Orphaned in the unspoken

of terra-cotta. Crumbling

in neglect. Rootless,

and barren. Begging

Mother's hands,

the spill of water.

- T.A. Delmore


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