I outline my mother’s flower garden
with fieldstones, though heat
shimmers around me and cicadas rattle
in nearby trees, scolding I am too late
for this year’s blooms. Undaunted,
I push another wheelbarrow load,
the weight welcome, rooting me
deeper into the sandy soil she nurtured.
Her departure before spring softened
the earth left promises and chores
suspended in air electric with her absence.
My hands inside her gloves, their
fingertips frayed from years of toil,
find stones shot through with mica and quartz.
Sheeted in silver and white veined,
they catch sunlight only to break it,
a thousand love letters cast to the sky.
PEGGY HAMMOND‘s poetry is featured or forthcoming in The Lyricist, Oberon Poetry, High Shelf Press, San Antonio Review, West Trade Review, Rogue Agent, and Ginosko Literary Journal. Her full-length stage play A Little Bit of Destiny was produced by OdysseyStage Theatre in Durham, North Carolina.