Green Thumb

You whispered to the leaves
of our potted plants,

spoke sweet nothings to the succulents
hanging from our garden rafters.

I figured you had heard the news
that flowers bloom brighter

in the wake of warm words,
but you laughed when I remarked

on your intelligence,
stroked the tendrils of a fern

and shook your head.
No, you whispered to the plants

to hear them whisper back,
to hear the spirits within

speak sweet nothings to your soul,
and watch in companionable joy

as you both stood a little taller,
nourished by something

I never believed in
and always wished I had.

The First Time I Saw it Rain