thistles & weeds

Gretchen Tessmer


thistles & weeds

honeybees buzz
and hum through
lavender fields, making
mischief from nothing
while I dig deep
for roots and other
gnarled, twisted things

maid of spades
and three-forked trowels
seeking out old spells
that I know haunt
the bottom of these
mucked and muddied
weed beds, where

all my forefathers
and mothers too
buried pale moon-
and-thistle tricks
after fleeing the old country
in splinter-wood ships
running from clutter
and cholera

and red rivers of blood
spilling in their garden pits




Gretchen Tessmer is a writer/attorney based in the U.S./Canadian borderlands of Northern New York. Her work has most recently appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Tiny Owl Workshop’s Lane of Unusual Traders and Spirit’s Tincture.



Editor’s Note: Image is the superposition of a garden of lavender & jasmine (Pinterest), chemical glassware (, and a burning pentagram (

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