Jan Wiezorek – Green Garden – 3

Green Garden
by Jan Wiezorek

We see more than green and less
than canopies. Her daughter
suggested a green garden.

We only require what’s dotted, 
twisting, vibrant. No more than green,
less that canopies: these loop back upon us. 

The sign at the cottage says, “Take no photos 
during June, July, or August because 
time stops here.” Even so, 

we recreate it in self-portraits.
On the sign, she wrestles with two men,
decorative and enameled. Sound changes 

them every day, moving 
their fear to leaves, ignoring dirt 
inside a home. We are not the first

and not alone. Settle down 
to surrender. After a while, 
remember song

that circles back 
and pins our joints—
vine to trellis.

Jan Wiezorek writes from Barron Lake in Michigan. He has taught writing at St. Augustine College, Chicago, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming at The London Magazine, Yes Poetry, L’Ephemere Review, Words Dance, THAT Literary Review, and others. Jan is author of Awesome Art Projects That Spark Super Writing (Scholastic, 2011). He also writes about unsung heroes for The Paper in Buchanan, Michigan, and did so formerly as a freelancer for the Chicago Tribune. Jan holds a Master’s Degree in English Composition/Writing from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.