Friday, June 06, 2008

Strawberry Seedlings

trays of strawberry seedlings
lined with newspaper and packed with soil
by a little boy’s hands
stacked in the market cart
by a man’s strong arms
lined with pages torn from yesterday’s
obituary section
where an old man's face stares up
into black dirt

--for Poefusion

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Lirone said...

A very vivid and poignant image... is this something you'd seen or something imagined? The idea of the dead man's face staring into the dirt is very powerful.

paisley said...

wow tiel,, that was deep.. i really love where you took me with that,, kind of led me there,, and then dropped me off the edge... great work!!!

Jane Doe said...

What beautiful use of the prompt words. This is a very powerful poem. I really enjoyed the way you ended it.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Michelle Johnson said...

Very strong images sent forth in this powerful write. Love the ending where you have the old man's face looking up into black dirt. Incredible poem. Have a nice day.

Vesper de Vil said...

i am the founder and editor of Glossolalia (, an on-line journal for flash fiction.

i am currently conducting a call for submissions for the inaugural issue of Glossolalia. all rights remain with the author.

if you are interested in submitting your work, please email

thanks so much, and stay creative!!!

vesper de vil