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Yard work
 
family roots buried deep
like a banyan tree reaching out and dropping new connections down
like a mangrove with the clusters intertwined, seeds scatted on the tide
like cypress knees spreading out and reaching up
 
this white picket fence cage
overgrown with weeds, my yard is an embarrassment
yet my neighbors still come to me when they need help
it is easier to fix other peoples’ problems
 
mushroom sprout along the edge of the path
weeds grow between the bricks
raking in the loose gravel

~

Yrik-Max Valentonis’s comics and writings have recently appeared in: Brave New Word, Chaleur Magazine, Cliterature, Experimental-Experimental-Literature, FreezeRay, Maintenant, Utsanga, and Zoomoozophone, the chapbooks: iDEAL and this is visual poetry; the anthologies: Animal Blessings, Beer-Battered Shrimp for Cognitive Ruminations (forthcoming), Divided Again, Heat the Grease We’re Frying Up Some Poetry, Sinbad and the Winds of Destiny, and Zombie Nation: St. Pete. He earned a BA in English and American Literature from the University of South Florida and a MFA in Poetry & Prose from Naropa University.  

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