I water carefully what needs
no water. What needs no air,
no sunlight, no moon shining
down. Yet, I commit this and more—
a lasting love—to each of them,
say their names, not all at once,
but as they rise in my mind
over days' time and weeks
and months into years.
See how my garden extends
like a cemetery.
Karen Neuberg is the author of the full-length poetry collection, PURSUIT (Kelsay Press) and the chapbook "the elephants are asking" (Glass Lyre). She has poetry forthcoming in Big City Lit, Verse-Virtual, and MAINTENANT 16. She is the associate editor of the online poetry journal First Literary Review-East and lives in Brooklyn, NY.