made the Snow in the

Mountain grow, and that

very graceful heart-shape vine

with heart-shaped leaves,

I believed called

Choke Weed


A delicate rose leaned

pink petals as in disbelief,

toward an unknown weed

with leaves the size of

dinner plates


by Carol Smallwood


Carol Smallwood co-edited (Molly Peacock, foreword) Women on Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland, 2012). Her poetry received a 2011 Pushcart nomination. Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing, with The Writer’s Chronicle editor as foreword writer is from (Key Publishing House, 2012)

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