populous limbs

Rob Parrish


this plant, once fresh, brimming,

its limbs of leaves exciting shades

of green, is now nothing more

than filler in this unfurnished



its almost as if they use to flex,

but now they droop and dangle.

though this plant is positioned

by a window facing east, death



only the lofty leaves exist.

a living thing terribly top-heavy.

weak in the knees, it will give.

green to waning yellow, wilting



owner of once populous limbs,

I’ve watched my shortcomings

rise in this plants’ lingering end.

only five leaves left until we


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