We share the opposable thumb with the great apes
and in none of us is it cast in green.
The green I claim is a dream,
false starts of nightmares, invasives
like ivy and morning glory that want to claim
dominion. And the plants that die,
for a time it was always lavender and no one
else has trouble getting lavender to bloom.
So the accolades for my garden, the secret
whispers she has a green thumb
are true in the sense that my thumb knows
green, loves green, never fears
plunging deep into mud and putting
in and pulling out the creatures that green up
on sun, water, and the silent talk
of roots with soil. When neighbors whisper,
I whisper back to the corn rising,
my thumb hitches a ride on your magic.
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Editor’s Note: Almost immediately after this posted, I received a comment about the nail polish. A reader loved it, and so do I, so I asked Tricia for the name and brand. “Verdis” by Revlon.
Tricia Knoll is an Oregon poet with two books in print – Ocean’s Laughter (Aldrich Press 2016) and Urban Wild (Finishing Line Press 2014). She is noticing that blueberries and raspberries are ripening in Oregon several weeks earlier than usual. Website: triciaknoll.com