Autumn Sky Poetry . . . Number 10 . . .

Kathryn Good-Schiff holds a BA from Hampshire College, where she studied creative writing and environmental studies, and an MFA from Goddard College. Her work has appeared in Kalliope, SNReview, Pank, and Drive By Poets. She lives in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts with her wife and their assorted animals. She blogs about poetry, writing, and visual art at Dragon’s Meow: Reflections on Poetry & Creativity.


     by Kathryn Good-Schiff

We lived eleven miles out

across the arroyo

beyond the cattle gate

on a deeply rutted road

impassable in April’s rain.

We dug and weeded.

We seeded and transplanted.

We pruned. We planted according to the moon.

We harvested, watered, fertilized, turned.

We fucked. We argued.

Some of us screamed.

Some of us smashed glass and drove away.

One left by bus, abandoned his belongings

in his orange tent.

A red Buddha laughed at the end of the driveway.

© 2008 Kathryn Good-Schiff