From the Sunset Limited, Leaving Our New Life · Marianne Szlyk

We slept through most of Texas,
waking to January banana trees
on stoops in Houston,

their green recalling us
home to the Trees of Heaven
that would grow up north
on blasted earth,
to all that we had let drop

on the way to
a new life.

Marianne Szlyk lives near DC with environmental writer and wry poet Ethan Goffman as well as cats Callie and Thelma. Her book, On the Other Side
of the Window
, is available on Amazon. Bourgeon, of/with, Loch Raven Review, and Young Ravens Review have published her poems.