Karen Rigby

Le­mons in Au­gust

The London Magazine - - NEWS -

Min­eral green Lis­bons poised in the desert. I’m watch­ing bees drunk with sun. A blis­tered leaf. Out­side Phoenix, west of the mu­nic­i­pal air­port, ci­cadas drone in the mesquite’s shade. All morn­ing the story on Reuters is bomb­ing. I’m count­ing spent blooms on the vine. What good are the rose­mary? Or­ange ju­bilee scal­ing uni­form walls? The le­mons are courting mon­soons. Acidic. Too soon to har­vest. Too late to save. I’ve noth­ing to add to the prophets. Lizards pulse un­der jas­mine. A lone con­trail cuts the sky.

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