Volunteer Plants

Last year’s cherry tomato
reseeded itself. Long dead in the pot,

it greened again when Spring came.
I hadn’t known

that plants could do this:
drop overripe fruit, passed over

or forgotten on the vine,
and root itself in the soil. We’d call this

insidious if it were something else
or at least relentless. Its sister

plant, from the same crop of seeds,
wilted after yielding

just three fruits: the conjoined twin
with the weaker half of the heart.

Claire Kiefer is a writer and educator living in the Bay Area. She received her MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University in 2007 and works in the education program of a nonprofit oral history book series.

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