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By Lee Herrick

How much delight before we collapse

How much earth in the lungs

How much wine


When we want more

When the weeds sprawl

It is not what you think


Think how fast some landscapes change

the lover, the gardener’s grand idea,

the failing Maple


the boat about to capsize

the correction

the hand’s reflection


the impossible replication of weight

versus time

how it will never mean what you want


Notes:

Poetry Out Loud Participants: we corrected a misspelling in the last stanza on 12/5/17: "impossible" was misspelled as "impossibile."

Lee Herrick, "The Impossible Replication of Desire" from Gardening Secrets of the Dead, published by WordTech Communications LLC. Copyright © 2012 by Lee Herrick.  Reprinted by permission of Lee Herrick.

Source: Gardening Secrets of the Dead (WordTech Communications, 2012)

  • Living
  • Love
  • Nature

Poet Bio

Lee Herrick
Lee Herrick is the author of two books, Gardening Secrets of the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire. Born in Daejeon, South Korea and adopted at ten months old, Herrick lives in Fresno, California and teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College. In 2015 he was named poet laureate of Fresno.  See More By This Poet

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