Orchard – by Matthew J. Andrews

Homogeny’s an insatiable god –
trees lined up like bar codes.

We cut the throats of our children,
turn their necks into canals.

A teardrop splatters the roots.
The tree quivers. We open our mouths.


Matthew J. Andrews is a private investigator and writer. He is the author of the chapbook, I Close My Eyes and I Almost Remember, and his poetry has appeared in Rust + Moth, Pithead Chapel, and EcoTheo Review, among others. He can be contacted at matthewjandrews.com.