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"Mistress Mary" by Ana Nova Arayal


Title image shows a blonde-haired woman in a black leather jacket looking toward a fast moving, blurred street in front of her.

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Published January 1, 2022

Mistress Mary

by Ana Nova Arayal
(Swansea, Wales)

Mistress Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
and marigolds all in a row?

How many stones has Weatherstaff thrown?
How many plants has Dickon grown?
How many pictures has Colin shown?
Do you still like to skip, or has that pastime been outgrown?

The world can't be perfect, you know
Sometimes you feel high, sometimes low,
Sometimes you want to ask questions like
How long has the grass not been mown?
Why is the moor air an ailment to pain?
With ivy cascading down the rusty lock,
Will you ever see it again?

The secret garden has many secrets,
but just how many are at play?

Are there daffodils in March
and cherry blossoms in May?

Does the dirt that you held in your hands
have seeds that will flower today?

Ana Nova Arayal is a young poet from Wales. She enjoys writing about feminism and her favourite fictional characters. Her favourite books are The Secret Garden, Harry Potter series, and The Lady Grace Mysteries. She hopes to project her voice through publication in the future.

This poem is included in Poetry World #2, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Axil Poetry and Art:
Relax, Man
by Sam Dyck

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