Too Much and Never Enough

Two poems
by Ingrid Bruck
drought: tanka
dust bowl sky
exhales two raindrops
broken promises
brown leaves fall early
ground scattered with rust
too much rain
after two months of drought
there’s two months of rain
the garden is muddy
I can’t dig potatoes
weeds grow tall
I can’t pull them
more rain pours
primes the muck
I walk and sink
no time between raindrops
no sun burns the mist
no wind dries the soil
I can’t dig potatoes,
and they rot
Ingrid Bruck is a poet/storyteller/retired library director who lives in Pennsylvania Amish country, a landscape that inhabits her poetry. Recent work appears in Howl of Sorrow: A Collection of Poems Inspired by Hurricane Sandy, Yellow Chair, Unbroken Journal and Quatrain.Fish. Published poetry website:

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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