Communal

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Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Elliptic (Yellow Flag Press, 2016), Revenant (Blue Horse Press, 2016), and No Brother, This Storm (Mercer University Press, 2018). He is currently serving as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.

Yesterday afternoon, my wife taught me
blueberry plants come with all the parts
they need to bear fruit, both male and female.

To get one full of berries, though, you need
to plant it right next to some blueberries
from a different family. The only way they’ll fill

with blossoms and fruit is to cross pollinate.
Swarms of bees bring the goods from one plant
to the next, and the lot grow healthy and prosper.

Two plants, a small garden, and enough bees
to outlast our dog’s urge to snap them
out of the air as they fly from bloom to bloom.

Such a simple equation, this. So sensical
that togetherness, time, and a little help
will fill our bowls to overflowing.

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  1. Heather Ross Miller says:

    Love the thought, sounds, and presentation of this poem. Is there such a word as sensical? I don’t care, just couldn’t resist asking. Write on, Jack!

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