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On the Patio, Dallas

Isabel Nathaniel

The prickly pear and yucca
dug from a roadside
do fine in pots. Sun,
sunflowers. The August heat.
Petunias, pinks, and even the geranium
probably don't belong. With watering
they hold on. One morning
I fed them organic fertilizer
made entirely of sea-going fish.
I hosed the place till the hanging baskets
dripped and the fence soaked dark.
There rose the brackish smell of bays
and wharves and I turned my head
to the distance as if to hear
the regular slapping of the sea.

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"On the Patio, Dallas" from The Dominion of Lights by Isabel Nathaniel. Copyright © 1996 by Isabel Nathaniel. Reprinted with the permission of the author and Copper Beech Press.


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