Dan A. Cardoza

My Raised Amnesia Garden

I built it out of redwood, hot-dipped
galvanized bolts, half inch washers,
hexed nuts, 4×6 redwood corner posts.

I am almost sure it’s just for me, now
that it’s nearly complete.

It’s time to compost the raised garden.

Avocado skins, carrot tops, forgiveness, chicken
manure, layers of moldy onion skin too.

And when the last frost has healed the warm soil,
at the first sign of spring, I’ll plant parsnips,

rows of lettuce, alongside turmeric, basil and a
blueberry bush, good for memory I am told.

I’ll sew my favorite, bitter sweet ginger, some
amnesia & avocado in celebration of you.

These I intend to harvest each season,
along with carrot, red radish––tomato.


Dan has a MS Degree. Dan lives in Northern California and is the author of three chapbooks: Nature’s Front Door, Expectation of Stars and Ghosts in the Cupboard. Partial Credits: Amethyst, UK., Ardent, Better Than Starbucks, California Quarterly, Chaleur Magazine, Entropy, Esthetic Apostle, Foxglove, Frogmore Journal, UK, High Shelf Press, Oddball, Poetry Northwest, The Quail Bell, Skylight 47, Ireland, Spelk, Unstamatic, and Vita Brevis.

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