Therapy from the Garden

By Glenn Morazzini Glenn Morazzini
Panic attacks your pain-porous skin?   
Imagine the layers of onion, Sufi-circling   
and circling until there is no tear-making body.   
If the issue is anorexia, taking starvation’s   
dark spirit-flight, or anhedonia, running from   
the skin’s having fun, consider the mushroom’s   
fleshy erection, and the pumpkins, earth goddesses   
and rotund Buddhas sprawled by compost’s funky aerosol.   
For social phobia, desensitize among the rows   
of corn’s parade, ticker tape leaves and Rasta tassels   
that wind-strut and bring on the crows’ hop and rap.   
Too much affect: meditate on potatoes, taciturn   
as overturned stones. Too little: visualize the hanging   
tomatoes’ insides, the soft hearts, sentimental ornaments.   
From the lettuce there is common sense for narcissism:   
acceptance as side dish, garnish for a meaty sandwich.   
If that leaf isn’t the dose, there’s always the soil   
people shovel and level, rake and make wishful with seed,   
feed leftovers from the compost’s vegan sewer,   
the soil that wants for nothing and yields and yields.

Source: Poetry (December 2008).


This poem originally appeared in the December 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2008


Glenn Morazzini is the recipient of the 2007 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and his poems have appeared in a number of journals, including RATTLE and the North American Review. He works as a psychotherapist in Yarmouth, Maine.

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SUBJECT Living, Health & Illness, Activities, Gardening, Nature

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