The Graduate Archive

Arbor Mist

At the end of August
in a summer
          when the heavens
    have disgorged themselves
          ad infinitum
      and the gangly tomatoes
            have just begun to ripen
  the rains
          start up again this evening.
You call me to the back porch
      to see the decorations:
the fireflies have all assembled
          in the foliage of the lilac bush
              their lights pulse
      like fading Chinese lanterns
through the mist.

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This poem originally appeared in Volume 5, Number 6 of 100 Words, a journal published by The University of Iowa's International Writing Program between 1993 and 1998. Each piece in the journal had to be 100 words or fewer, and each issue had a theme. This issue's theme was "On Garden."

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on July 10, 2009

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