True me

poetry 0
Kim Garcia


Weed-scrabble, cropping for the hungry earth, this
wet morning, young robin clutching at old ivy, berrying
the fruits of autumn’s windfall. In the cemetery, apples.

I am out of season, untrued wheel, a sour note, and yet
there must be a thing within me that marks that discord,
an oboe with its open A, among skittering gut strings.

I am chided by sparrows, busy squirrels, the luffing sail
of an owl hunting in the dark. I am not finished praising.

Kim Garcia is the author of DRONE (Backwaters Press), Tales of the Sisters (Sow’s Ear Press), Madonna Magdalene (Turning Point Books) and The Brighter House (White Pine Press). The winner of the 2019 Tupelo Broadside Prize, Garcia teaches creative writing at Boston College.