inside yourself, tucked your head
beneath your down comforter
where you couldn't hear
your phone ring when I was leaving
messages about the progress
of the sun. It's finally started setting
after five p.m. Will you begin
spending an hour in your garden
each afternoon after work again,
filling your yard waste bin
with dead limbs in the clean air
where your phone gets clear reception?
Amanda Laughtland lives in the suburbs of Seattle. Her book, Postcards to Box 464, was released by Bootstrap Productions in 2010. Visit her online at teenytiny.org.