Not So Green Fingers
One. Remember the rose plant you bought two weeks ago
to something you only half believe in,
that it’s still alive.
Three. Quickly brush away the dead leaves,
crunchy and browning in a circle,
and after, fill the bin with odds and sods,
to hide your failure at tending a living thing.
Four. Water it!
But remember, too much and it will die
somewhat more than it already has.
Five. Let it sit,
then dispose of any remaining water,
still staining the saucer,
culled from the kitchen cupboard because
you don’t own any pretty plant pots.
Six. Buy a plant pot,
because the saucer doesn’t fit on the windowsill,
and sunlight would probably be a good thing
seeing as photosynthesis,
is pretty important for these plant types.
Seven. Pray and hope a little more.
Green fingers might be something you grown into.