Jodi Vander Molen

  • 324 Russell St.
  • Madison, WI 53704
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water them

10 p.m. quiet on the couch

look up at
the two plants near the window
hanging from
their chains

yes, again i see that curl
they have needed care
all week

sometimes i reach up,
turn each pot by its base

each side
each leaf

sees a slip of sky

eyes know
with furrowed brow
and cringe that
they are thirsty


weigh like

too heavy
to lift
from the couch

it gets so hard
to water the flowers
these days

and yet
i think
we must