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posted April 17, 2013

Rebecca Gayle Howell. 
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How to Plant by the Signs

When the ground is lit
when your back, hands, intent are lit

full well
full dawn of dark

when the tide swells
(forget sea)

when the tide swells in soil unseen
root stem leaf

when the moon is in its age

plant that which rises
above the ground to bloom

full well full fruit

in the old of the moon
When the sign is in the loins or breast

when the sign is in your feet
calloused (yes bare)

if what you wish is to harvest
if what you wish is to reap

grow the hour long

take the seed of secret in your palm

spread it like a witness
spread it like a disease