From the June Issue
The ink-drop bumblebee invades
The squashes, bloom by bloom,
Amid the beans that weave in braids
And dangle from their loom.
The lizard, livening its bones,
Pretends that it can print
Its belly on the blazing stones
Beside the cooling mint,
Where cabbage butterflies perform
A papery ballet
And dodge the garden hose’s warm,
The scene, familiar and brief,
Age after age returns –
As green returns to summer leaf,
Before the forest burns.
A native of Los Angeles, California, Leslie Monsour was raised in Mexico City and Panama. She is the author of The Alarming Beauty of the Sky (2005) and The House Sitter (2011), as well as the recipient of three Pushcart nominations and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including The American Arts Quarterly, Poetry, Measure, The Dark Horse, String Poet, Mezzo Cammin, and Able Muse.