Loved the non-native spray, the gardener might have,
but he could not commit to cultivate this weed
that started as a cluster of many tiny yellow flowers
and then soiled his unkempt lawn with her cottony seeds,
but had he known how stubborn she was to stay alive
when he singled her out with his long handled fork—
the insecure man would not tend to the other seedlings
as she re-emerged from her taproot, lovelier than all of them.
Anum Sattar is a junior studying English at the College of Wooster in Ohio, USA. Her poems have been published the American Journal of Poetry (Margie,) Crack the Spine, Taj Mahal Review, Merrimack Review, Ragazine, Better than Starbucks! The Florida Review, Grey Sparrow, Oddball Magazine, Artifact Nouveau, Off the Coast, Strange POEtry, Between These Shores Literary & Arts Annual, Conceit Magazine, A New Ulster, The Cannon’s Mouth, The Journal (i.e. The Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry,) Wilderness House Literary Review, Poydras Review, The Cadaverine, Verbalart: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets & Poetry, The Wayne Literary Journal, The Ibis Head Review, The Weekly Avocet (every Sunday Morning,) Poets Bridge and Tipton Poetry Journal. She won the third Vonna Hicks Award at the college. Whenever possible, she reads out her work at Brooklyn Poets and Forest Hills Library at Queens in New York City.