The neighbor rips the small wooden shed—
home to hornets, field mice and raccoons—
off its foundation, drags it to the far corner
of his property. There it might rot for years,
but one night, after too many whiskey shots,
he wants fire, gasoline and destruction:
smoke and flames you can see for miles.
And when it is over, the barren, scorched
ground morns until snow arrives, a cold
welcoming lover. Ground accepts; together
they rest until an early thaw, when thin green
blades open earth. Dandelions know how
to heal soil; deep roots sink down and call
to the gods. Soon, yellow will praise light.
Cassandra Labairon is a poet/artist from Minnesota. Her second chapbook, And the Road Will Take You There, published by Spoon River Poetry Press, was written in conjunction with a mixed media series. Her poems were published in the anthology Farming Word, edited by Bill Holm and in numerous literary magazines.