an alchemists garden

the climbing beans
have found the wood and wire frame
we placed above them

from tendrils vaguely waving
to the grip of a warm embrace
in the space of a turn-your-head today

and the parallel conversion
of tentative into certain
is what an apothecary might conceive
in his alchemical heart

green climbing beans and gold
well
who’d have thought the connection

next will come the eureka
of whiskers on the corn


© Frank Prem, 2009

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