Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Out of the Garden

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Out of the Garden

Article excerpt

They thought their garden safe,

in leafy-evening dark, under their

sneakered feet, guarded

by guardian stars. Magnolias flecked

the walls

with oval locks, a gleam, sudden their

green

and sleek, as spears and trouble...

There was a hidden bench, smoothed

out of handy

stone, where he - their father -

slept, while they

played badminton; while they cried

"twenty

one!" and in that twilight, won.

Then came the piercing eye of a

colossal moon;

it burnt his restful head; it struck his

neckline weave,

his shirt, the Adam fruit traveling

down his throat.

They thought their garden safe, but

they no longer

played where giant men ran through,

their kisses

kept in check, for kisses might declare

the war

that would happen. …

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