From the collection published in 2015, Catch Up With Summer.
Ground Level Skirmish
Here at the college with its great swath of green
setting off the new library
you know that
enormous numbers of blades of grass
were needed to get that lawn to be a lawn
and they’ve all got to cooperate
to keep that great swath of green going.
Visitors to campus admire
the diagonal stripes the mower makes
repeating itself up and down the
center lawn but it’s the grass
allowing it to happen.
The order is temporary
and fragile. The blades of grass
one at a time decide to grow or not
and it’s never