Community Garden

Jen Sookfong Lee

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There, the bolting black kale,

taller than it has any right to be

and not the twitter troll who asked

if you were on your period.


In the corner, a pile of dead

zucchini leaves, spotted with rot

and not the neighbour who yelled

at you about a parking stall.


Lining the sidewalk, invasive

creeping charlie and not

your mother complimenting

your ex-husband’s new wife.

Jen Sookfong Lee, "COMMUNITY GARDEN" from The Shadow List : Poems. Copyright © 2021 by Jen Sookfong Lee. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Source: The Shadow List : Poems (Buckrider books, Wolsak and Wynn Publishers, 2021)