Jodi Girouard

author of three poetry books


Natural Order


I clip the bush out front,

snip branches too long,

the ones that don’t conform to the shape,

the style,

the moment I’m trying to make of the front yard.

The blades zip together, sharp in their cuts

as I continue to pare the leaves,

the withered, the dead.

For my life could be the springtime of this plant,

the flowering bud, the rich green of each leaf,

the dark soil feeding, the water quenching.

And I could be okay to be okay.

I don’t have to hurt over the years that the bush 

didn’t grow, didn’t make a statement for the yard.

I cut and prune, careful in my design.

In with the breath,

I cast off the unwanted

like the trauma, littering the ground

with it, molding my perfection.

I stand back to admire and realize 

there will always be more to take away,

but perhaps I can let it go

back to the wild living,

creating its own way to be,

happy in the wonder of itself.

I close my scissors.  Let them rust. 

Let the beauty be in its living.

I sit with sunglasses on  protecting my view,

as I watch the natural order

take care of my yard.

And it’s okay.