Untitled Country Review (ISSN 2152-7903), published quarterly during 2010-2013, features poetry, book reviews, photography, and short works of non-fiction. Thank you for visiting.

Issue 4 - William Stratton

My Father's Garden

You saw tomato plants through the snow, planned your garden
in February, moved the roto-tiller out into the frostbitten yard.
I was looking for evidence of spring in the frost lines,
shaking the frozen hose and wishing for more light.

Barrel-chested and hungry you
marked off rows and laughed
at my crooked lines. Now I watch
the nights shrink and think maybe

if I had learned a little more I could grow your body
by August, have you back for a summer storm.
On the porch your empty rocking chair moves.
This year I will take it into the yard and plant it by May.

--William Stratton

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