In the midnight garden by Shannon Cuthbert

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Narrated by Shannon Cuthbert

In the midnight garden by Shannon Cuthbert
Illustration by Sue Babcock

The flowers curl like ears
to take in whispers
of foxes and fireflies,
the rattling breaths
of the ancient dead.

Alone on the grass
a girl lies still,
decides to inhale
fragments of stone.
Her lungs are planets,
buoyant, blue,
so wide they might
float high above.


BIO: Shannon Cuthbert is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Chronogram, Call Me [Brackets], The Writers’ Cafe Magazine, Gingerbread House, The Orchards Poetry Journal, and Poetry Super Highway, among others.