35 Miller Drive
We knew it was a fault to love a place, to believe a cure for hunger lived in the ground. In July shade, that dark torch burning in the air between us, you watered dirt, broke beans, snipped leaves with your barber’s eye. You said if we separated magnet from root, killed beetles and mealworms, slugs, we wouldn’t fail if the rain failed and moiled our furrows with guilt. The moon warps vegetables with its incubations and foils, and to such elements I was sensitive—the nipple given, half-wet, the dirt that cries for its milk. Years later, I still feel its pull, and confess I want to return to that place, sun on my shoulders and face, where I might revive that garden, channel to it water, and tend it like a mother who stays with her dead child, who won’t let go, who will sleep in the same bed with it.