Gingerbread House Lit Mag

H is for Hawthorn

Aurora hangs her dress
on a hawthorn tree with needles

sharp and slightly curved
as if to sew. The berries

bright red are ready
to be plucked to make

a tea for the heart.
Aurora wants the dress

to have a second heart
one besides her own.

I watch her from the kitchen
door. I’ve asked her to cut

the herbs for dinner, but she’s
dropped the shears in the grass

where they will rust if left.
When I ask Aurora to draw

water from the well, she always
asks for a second rope, as if

she might have the strength
to lift someone who’d been

drowned years ago.

Jessica Plante

Jessica Plante is formerly a Poetry Editor of The Greensboro Review. Her book reviews, interviews, and poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in theAmerican Poetry Journal, Birdfeast, Crab Orchard Review, The Collagist, Saw Palm Review, StorySouth, Tirage Monthly, and Writer’s Bloc. She is the founder of the website mfadraftsessions.com which she maintains from Tallahassee, Florida.

Artwork: John William Waterhouse, “Woman Picking Flowers,” 1909-14

This entry was published on June 28, 2014 at 12:06 am and is filed under GH.7 (June 2014), Poetry. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.
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