(from Grannie's Garden)
by Mary E. Choo
For Milo Duke
On her way
to somewhere in
him in a thicket
deer-like face and mossy antlers
gave her pause,
wondered at his crooked human body
When she asked
why he was hiding,
he tried to
but it was
difficult at first;
quite grasp his fear of outsiders,
or why he
wanted to sing.
As summer wore
on into deep-woods days,
he admired her
talent with roses,
and when she wove
scented garlands among his horns
her that he was moved.
He taught her
many songs by autumn,
with her secrets.
gardening basket, the countless flowers,
they often held
so it was no
surprise when winter drew near
that he asked
her to make a choice.
From her high
she kept watch
on the path.
When he finally
at the moonlight
on his wild
roses, his soft, dark eyes,
and below, as
she had promised
About the Author:
Mary Choo’s poems, short stories and
articles have appeared in or been accepted by a wide variety
of magazines, anthologies and online publications. Her
credits include the Sword and Sorceress, Northern Frights
and Tesseracts anthology series, ChiZine,
Dreams and Nightmares, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry,
Star*Line and The Rhysling Anthology. Her work
has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and the
Bram Stoker Awards (poetry collection) and the final ballot
of the Aurora Awards, and her poem "Christina" (ChiZine
#22), was selected for an honorable mention in The Year’s
Best Fantasy and Horror for 2004 (Datlow, Link
and Grant). Another poem, "Keepers (from Grannie’s Garden),"
which appeared in ChiZine # 24, was nominated in the
short poem category for the 2006 Rhysling Award. She lives
in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
Poem © 2006 Mary E. Choo.