Green Hills Literary Lantern



Preparatory to the Roses,


July 3, 2013


                                                                    -for Carla and Cindy Lou


Not soil, ripped

by the rototiller

that halts, but heat.


Eight p.m. and the  AC thrums,

cover from the booms

that cower the dogs.


The wheelbarrow pours

its mountain of mulch –

for smoothing, shoring up.


Dark and fertile,

ample bed.




Kathleen M. McCann is a lyric poet living in Weymouth, Massachusetts by the sea. At present she is looking for a home for my full collection of poems, Sail Away The Plenty, about the Irish Great Hunger.