William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings

Autumn Detail

Usually, when cold weather arrives, we move our jade plants into the garage, where they spend the winter with who knows what thoughts — summer, shine, patience, glory, generations and generations of hands. Come spring, when we bring them out again, it takes them a few weeks to get going. Which way do we turn? What is that sound? Is that a squirrel? A worm? The swish of a broom? Ah, yes! We are jade plants.

This year, though, we didn’t move them into the garage. We moved them into the the coolest part of the house, near the tall south-facing windows, which, because of their age and inefficiency, allow greater changes in temperature and humidity, making the sun-room dining area the most natural outdoor-indoor part of the house. We keep other plants there year around — angel wing begonias, a prayer plant, a little cactus, and a lacy climbing asparagus fern — and they all thrive.

And so we will see how the jade plants do.

 
Autumn Detail

One last ladybug

cold upon
a leaf

about
to

fall

Poems, Slightly Used, October 13, 2009

Categories: Everything and Nothing, Poems, Slightly Used

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