A Spinach Leaf On The Floor

Vintage Words


This morning I found a baby

spinach leaf on the kitchen

floor in front of the sink.

It fell yesterday, unnoticed.


Bending old bones and frame

veined with blood rich in calcium,

I wondered as I rose and opened

the garbage bin, what mother

far from here would not have

welcomed such a find. To rinse

off food and offer it to her

starving four year old as today's

rare treat would have given 

her joy.


This is the world we made,

everywhere the ability to make

life thrive, and our response

is to throw it away.







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