Garden Statue
By Carol Parris Krauss

There was a garden statue
underneath my weeping willow tree.
St. Francis
and green-
from moss
and oddly enough missing
his right hand and one big toe.
Each day during my stay
I was ushered to the garden to commune-
with my id and dear old Francis.
Bunny slippers with a pink flapping tongue
that drug the ground
and a frayed xanthic robe
were my vestments..
A gift from a well-wisher
or the wishing well’s gift..
I would simply sit
underneath the protection
of that moldy mortar chipped saint.
Sun is therapeutic
it also
brightens all the scars usually hidden
and fresh air
is healthy unless
you have hay fever-
hard to hide
a give away is the hacking and wheezing.
Neither or both
depending upon which sage
you spoke with that day-
imposed upon my conversations with
dear spore ridden
St. Francis.
Each day
in lulls of our conversation
I watched a kudzu vine
inch and snake closer to
the apostle’s feet.
It was as if Hydra had left the waters .
By the time my sojourn was over
or just begun-
I was absolved of my sins and
St. Francis was truly bound
and martyred
by the vines of the tree nearby.


My name is Carol Krauss and I am a weaver of words. I have been writing all my life but have just begun to publish my works. I excel at visual imagery-the pretty and the ugly, anything Southern, sanity or the lack of, and the ever famous women's issues. I currently live(with my daughter Kelly) and teach English at a private school in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

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