THE EVOLVING CITY

Elizabeth Poliner

 

STUDENTS PAINTING IN THE COMMUNITY GARDEN ON NEWARK STREET

Standing scattered
as seeds, planted
as easels,

their heads rise
above the cosmos,
zinnias, and marigolds,

which, freed
of any gardener's intent,
have burst

into tall, tangled
October overgrowth.
Scarecrows--

still and upright,
arms lifted at strange angles--
they hang,

hang,
patient in this hushed
wild field.

 

Elizabeth Poliner’s poems have appeared in Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Seneca Review, and Hanging Loose. She is the author of Mutual Life & Casualty, a book of interconnected stories (Permanent Press, 2005).

Published in Volume 8, Number 4, Fall 2007.

 

To read more by this author:
Elizabeth Poliner
Elizabeth Poliner: The Whitman Issue