i, Spurge

Establishing shot;
a field of flowering weeds

each species
of some significance

to, if not you,
the wide environment.

Fingering the air
through gravel and pebble

brother purslane
same red legs and arms

same green leaves
but growing toward sun

not over everything
only trying to do the same.

My body, bad for
bread and bad for wine.

Not fit for tinder,
nor sisal. Maybe moths.

Perhaps you can use
me or someone else can. 


D.J. Parris has had recent work in Third Point Press, American Chordata, The Nomadic Journal. HOUND and Noble Gas Quarterly among others and has forthcoming work in The Invisible Bear. He lives in Aldie, VA with his wife and son.