The Garden of Eden

by Sandra Simonds

Read by Emma Rye

Vision of Baudelaire        in this North Florida forest      looking into the eye
of a lizard with green         purple eyeliner zigzagging its way up a burnt log

Florida Yew, Olive, neon orange        day moon mushrooms
over the white bluffs         of the psychiatric Apalachicola River

Valéry says shells, flowers and crystals    are the privileged
objects of nature           harmonic underbelly,
endless, alien recycle      of gorge and interlude

George Michael died today       For I live in a bubble of joy   
Go out into the sun!         the doctor says               your blood work     
is totally normal   except for a            Vitamin D deficiency
and left the office behind     and unleashed my sentimentality

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