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A Hedgewitch Considers Appalachia

Siobhan Mulligan

meadowgrass and mixedwood leaf

for your mandolin song of spruce.

artemisia: fever cure, remembrance in

mouth, mother and foremother, paintbrush

and knife. spoon cream, coffee rose, capture

the lilac time. watch the smoky grape

vine of factories unfurl across

their cirrus-strung trellises.

minimalist grey concrete

a study in values. theirs?

or yours? yours,

whose purpose cures with burning

bush, sugarbeet sweet on your tongue, poured

like cream into caffeine cantrip. stir twice.

your roots scrape the walls

as infinity falls to watch.

Spring, 2018 Issue

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