lawn mower one

by Betsy Johnson-Miller


the lawn mower is a strange place to have an argument
with my father     it’s loud       he’s deaf                  and
dead      my father the coroner loved to mow

like he was performing an autopsy    lines      straight
as the number 4      pencils he used extra hard always

every time I mow        I Van Gogh      green curlicues
let’s call this what it is      moody work

Betsy Johnson-Miller’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Boulevard, AGNI (online), North American Review, and Salamander.