Wild Violets Grow in the Long Grass

Australian violets flower in the shade;
four half-moons crucify indigo
hearts. Eased along the fence
line scarlet pimpernel ignores
the forecast, red as defiance
for the poor man’s weathervane.
My rabbit tried to get among
them, made it to the edge
of the Astroturf, where crocosmia leaves
claw to protect their tiger
orange flowers, but didn’t cross
the artificial grass laid by
the landlady for the ease of pegging
washing without risk of dirty feet.

Rachel J Fenton is a working-class poet living in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her poems have been published in English, Magma, Landfall, The Rialto, Overland, and various anthologies, and her chapbook Beerstorming with Charlotte Brontë in New York is forthcoming in April 2021 from Ethel Zine & Micro-Press.

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