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Garden Experiment Number Seventy-Two
Katrin Talbot


One year, I tried planting
a row of confidence
in the stunning earthy wealth
from the last year’s kitchen

Dreamed of a sauté,
with garlic and a dash of
organically-neglected je ne sais quoi,
a hearty side dish for the
psyches of daughters three

But one night, when the
silence of the owl was deafening,
and the star songs
unbearably beautiful,
nefarious garden warriors
stormed the chicken wire citadel
and feasted

So all I had to show for that season
was a stunning crop of tomatoes,
platoons of squash blossoms,
vampire radishes,
and a garden full of
dauntless rodents

Copyright 2009 by Katrin Talbot.
Used with the author's permission.



Photo credit: Isabel Karp


Australian-born Katrin Talbot is a violist, photographer, and poet. Her award-winning work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and she is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Falling Asleep at the Circus, and The Devil Orders a  Latte, forthcoming from Fernwood Press. Katrin leaves in the Madison, Wisconsin area, with quite a few chickens. Learn more about her at




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I love the understated sophistication of this poem; I shall seek out more works by the same poet. Thank you Katrin.
Posted 08/19/2014 05:23 AM
chris schulz:
After reading this, I just had to write a garden poem! Love the squash blossoms that survived the rodent feast.
Posted 08/18/2014 10:51 AM
This is a wonderful metaphor for life as we try to be optimistic among the "dauntless rodents."
Posted 08/18/2014 09:35 AM
Marilyn L Taylor:
Wonderful, Katrin! So glad to see this lovely poem. Your recipes are sure to succeed!
Posted 08/18/2014 08:37 AM
a dauntless and stunning poem!
Posted 08/18/2014 07:58 AM
Ross Kightly:
I LOVE 'dauntless rodents'! And all the rest of the imagery in this marvellously enjoyable and still more than slightly disturbing poem. Thanks to all concerned for bringing it to me!
Posted 08/18/2014 04:37 AM

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