The Last Prompt of April

April Prompt the Last

Ray’s #5: a tour of the alchemist’s garden

 

A TOUR OF THE ALCHEMIST’S GARDEN

 

Immortality, they call it,

silver against green in spring,

again when the maples turn.

 

All gold is contained

here:  Mary’s gold.

So easy.

 

Do you understand

the bitter of parsley?

The twinge of sage?

 

These nettles

draw their power

from the bottom of the sea.

 

In the dark soil

beneath this tomato vine

the cave of a tiny dragon.

 

Feed stones to the roses.

Blood to the greens.

Shells and bones to everyone.

 

Each bean pod,

each pea pod–

a nest of homunculi.

 

Every spoonful of soil

a constellation

of worlds.

 

Carrots gather

underground. That’s where

the light congeals.

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