on my knees in the weeds pawing earth
looking for my squash
among prolific opportunist grasses 
and broad-leafed
finding advantage in his jammed schedule,
in life’s necessary distractions and precious irrelevancies,
his asamprajanya

On knees I sweat under an indifferent sun to undo the effects of
looking the other way
while rooted intruders ensconced themselves
in a life of ease throttling zucchini under the erratic care
of a life-long
junkie of mysteries, dreams and peeks behind scenes,
looking for grails among wild greens which threaten his squash’s
fundamental urge to bear fruit, 
who counts angels and grasps at clouds
while many weeds take root

Jim Culleny


*Asamprajanya (Sanskrit):  inattentiveness, non-alertness