Transplant Shock, Pandemic Spring #2

by Jane Attanucci


Sunlight sharp against

cold, deep-end blue sky,

unclaimed tray of pansies,

floppy purple & yellow petals,

pot-bound & tired.

Tugging each tiny orphan

from its plastic cup,

I tuck them into rich, soft soil.

Trickling cooled kettle water

over the old clay pots,

I begin to pray.

Outside, inside—where

can I place them safely?

Was feeling ever simple?



Jane Attanucci’s poems have appeared in Common Ground ReviewMom Egg Review, Off the CoastThe Pittsburgh Poetry Review and Third Wednesday among others. Her chapbook, First Mud, was released by Finishing Line Press (2015) and her full-length collection A River Within Spills Light is scheduled for release by Turning Point in August 2021. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jim Baron is the owner, with his wife Liz, of the Dallas-based Blue Mesa Grill restaurants and TNT/Tacos and Tequila. He’s been a surf bum all his life, with his late brother Bob and younger brother Dan. He spends a couple hours every day painting water colors, and happiness for him is being on the beach with Liz, Kate, Zak, Ian, and Lola, the labradoodle, who runs the show.