A Gardener Drinks Elderberry Wine…

from A Gardener Drinks Elderberry Wine While Listening to Tchaikowsky, or, A Botanist’s Guide to the Orchestra

Violins are sprigs of mint, violas

lemon thyme that takes over the lawn,

celli like Siberian irises, richly purpled

on pale stalks, and basses old rhododendrons

huffing in the wind.

–excerpt from “A Gardener Drinks Elderberry Wine While Listening to Tchaikowsky, or, A Botanist’s Guide to the Orchestra” from To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn by Donna Pucciani (Virtual Artists Collective 2011). First published in Spillway.

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