Green Thumbed

Poetry / Tyree Daye

for Aunt Margaret

my aunts type amen into comment sections
because they have seen God work through even smaller gestures


whole kingdoms planted in their backyards


who knew a squash could say
                    I love you


an ocean’s floor of water will not save her husband’s
favorite tomatoes when she picks them she tries not to think of his heart


they got their gardens
and a tree has never called them     nigger

This poem borrows a line from a documentary entitled Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth.

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is a Cave Canem fellow , a Callaloo Fellow and winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his book River Hymns available in September 2017. He received his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Daye is a longtime member of the editorial staff at Raleigh Review. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Nashville Review, Four Way Review and forthcoming in Ploughshares. Daye won the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018 and The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for his poems in the Fall 2015 issue.