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Weeds are not supposed to grow
but by degrees
some achieve a flower, although
no one sees.

From the June Issue


Summer Again

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,
    Rainbow-illumined spray.

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.