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

From the May Issue


Plain Beauty

Glory be to God for homely things—
          For muddy boots and oil-stained dungarees;
                    For calloused hands that knead and scrub and hem;
Threadbare baby blankets; apron strings;
          Those first attempts to write the ABCs;
                    And tone-deaf lullabies at 3 a.m.

All things modest, unassuming, rough;
          Rag rugs, first drafts, eucalyptus trees;
                    Plain-spoken poems (foliage . . . leaf and stem);
They whelm the world in love. It’s not enough.
                              Love them.


Catherine Chandler is a Canadian/US poet living in Saint-Lazare-de-Vaudreuil, Québec, and Punta del Este, Uruguay. Her poetry blog, The Wonderful Boat,, includes a complete bio, reviews, podcasts, a list of awards, and sample poems.