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My memories here are shallow
like the bushes in the yard
planted after the house was built,
shrubbery with the correct appearance
compact and leafy
(in winter a scaffold of twigs)
but when I try to cut a hole
to plant tulip bulbs,
my trowel only penetrates the ground
a couple of inches, slicing a net
of surface roots that shows
the shrubs grow hydroponically
(dependent on city water &
sprinklers) in hard-packed
lava rock.


About Katie Eberhart

Katie Eberhart's poems and essays have appeared in Cirque Journal, SAND JOURNAL, and other places. Katie has an MFA in Creative Writing and degrees in geography and economics. She currently lives in Central Oregon where she blogs about nature and literature at
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