A Seed For Peace

A Gift of Island Poetry ft Leon Berrouard

The grapevine is healthy &
The green grapes will turn purple
Why am I nervous & why do I cry?
The tall sunflowers will bloom 
In just a few weeks from now &
We already have zucchinis 
& snow peas
The garlic is ready to harvest &
The sun shines most days &
We get enough rain
Why this pain & why these tears
Thinking of the distant Ukraine? 
Today I’m not satisfied or happy
So I offer this poem—a seed for peace

Leon Berrouard. Rolling the Stone—Imagine Sisyphus Happy (Red Wheelbarrow Press, 2023).

Each month Deirdre Kessler selects a poem by an Island poet for The Buzz.