The
Method

 – Cheyenne Marco

1.
Ask a
question.
The one
I won’t bother to answer
with a
human tongue.

Words I
will not speak.

2.
Learn
the language of dandelions
peering
through sidewalk cracks.
Flowers
with a concrete vase.

3.
I
believe they survive
for
children to find
and
learn what isn’t a flower.

4.
No one
plants them in gardens.

5.
Yes.
No.
Repeat.

6.
Survival
is an act of stubbornness,
uncultivated
yellow on carpets of perfect green.

7.
Know
this of me.
Let it
shatter into a hundred tufts of dander
and fly
away on a gentle breeze.


Cheyenne
Marco grew up on a Minnesota poultry farm and finds inspiration for her writing
in her rural upbringing. She teaches at USD, works on the South Dakota Review,
does outreach for Friends of the Big Sioux River, and fantasizes about sleep.
Her works have appeared in Lake Region Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and Prairie
Winds.

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