Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from our favorite emerging writers
We were so excited and overwhelmed by the poems we received for our upcoming Mundane Joys anthology that we had to share a few on The Rail! This week brings we have a beautiful poem on gardening from poet Tina Kelley.
Mundane Joys celebrates the less-obvious triumphs of every day life. Each copy comes with a custom Derailleur Press tea blend and seed paper to grow a garden of your own. Visit our store to reserve yours today!
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I Want to Garden with You
I want to browse catalogs now, in hardpack deadpan winter,
and hope expansively, prodigally, in string-straight lines, the way
friends of the opposite sex talk about their ideal life partners,
glad perfect as the mighty flowers printed on pages.
In the cold oniongrass of spring you will explain
how roots spread as wide as the dripline of the leaves,
you will talk about naming a girl Constance or Faith.
The beehive, when we open it up, will smell like fall’s leaves
or chamomile tea. Every soft midnight, after reading,
we’ll check on the plants, the good news one or two bring every day,
and then the sleeping children, marvel at their holy dumbness.
Their breathing shares the symphonic sadness of late summer crickets.
You stretch yourself awake like a rose, near the cucumbers romping
around the hammock, give away armsfuls of rhubarb and squash.
You’ll turn the beds over, I’ll weed. And we’ll know the joy
of having someone to tell, this is, all of it, so very right and good.
Tina Kelley’s Rise Wildly came out in November from CavanKerry Press, joining Abloom & Awry, Precise, and The Gospel of Galore, which won the Washington State Book Award. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, and shared in a Pulitzer covering 9/11 at The New York Times. She and her husband have two children and live in Maplewood, NJ.