After Every Winter, a Summer

The day summer ended
winds swept in
a stringent year

It gave us nothing
by then we knew
what to expect

No kindness,
just the absolute
minimum of love

At school’s start she
was asked to bring in a plant
it was already deep October

Her task was
thankless and hopeless,
but a valid lesson

All winter she clipped dry leaves
conserving energy
for the ones that might make it

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The plant graduated
when she did, both
miraculously alive

Next summer she ran
outside so barefoot that
her heels drew blood

I’ve never seen
a red so blessed


Matthue will perform this Sunday at the Hevria Variety Show, and will give everyone who shows up a free book.

photo by Mohammad Bagher Adib Behrooz