#52

April, 2007

Sentinel Poetry (Online)

THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POETRY & GRAPHICS...since 2002

ISSN 1479-425X

 

 

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Akiko Taylor

 

Digging

 

A little girl across the street,

claiming she went to Spain last week

and she will fly to Australia next month,

comes into my garden

without a passport. Panicking

sparrows dart into the hedge and

the sound of digging deepens the air.

 

"Have you found any treasures yet?"

"Hope I will."

 Pearls of bluebell bulbs shine

among the black clammy soil.

Fragments of ceramics weather

in a matter of few seconds.

Forgotten bricks emerge nobly

as the cobblestones of Babylon.

 

"If you keep digging, can we go

to the other side of the world?"

"Well, it would be great, if we could."

The girl stops polishing a pearl,

kneels down beside the flowerbed

and shouts into a foot-deep hole,

"Hello, China! Hello! Hello!"

 

A dumb slug screams in confusion,

but I'll keep digging till she goes home.

 

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Akiko Taylor