I've been thinking
the flowers and bushes
that line the entrance
to the new Exxon station.
What do they need them for,
anyway? It is more a parody
of a garden than a garden. It is more
a mockery of nature than natural. The yews
are bound to be run over, or oiled up.
I have driven by the station again,
and now, they have planted
begonias in a blocked script
that reads EXXON.
-- Daniela Buccilli
Daniela Buccilli lives in Richland Township with Alfredo, two dogs, and five chickens. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on WYEP 91.3 FM.