Expanding the Community Garden
by Jeff Steudel
Kale raised in cedar boxes between the SkyTrain
pillars. The propinquity of corn along boulevards.
A dream of zero emissions for the wheat leaning
beside highways. And from the rooftops, fields
next to airstrips. Golf courses. Freedom Space
Station Grow-ops and the back of a Dodge Ram.
Bush beans between parking plazas. Schoolyard
potatoes and pumpkins. More food and flowers
for Hastings Street. Bees on the block. Biosphere
plums on university farms. Apple trees espaliered
beside bike lanes. Carrot bins behind bus stops.
Backyard chickens. The alley where I planted
the raspberries two years ago. They were picked
while I slept.
From Foreign Park: Poems by Jeff Steudel, Anvil Press, anvilpess.com. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.