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sonnet 6

Alex Guenther
Feb 24, 2021


a stain spreads down a crumbling plaster face,
along a brick-filled crack. the growth began
when outflow from a plastic gutter ran
its trickling course, eroding paint in places,
and micro-forest followed, fertile base
for tiny, twining vines and sprouts. unplanned,
unwanted, this small jungle’s narrow span
ends where the wall meets sidewalk’s grey embrace,
in moss fluorescing just above a drain.
from spots of mold around a plastic pipe
a miniature hanging garden bloomed,
fed by euphrates-rivulets of rain.
the early evening air is heavy, ripe;
a distant rumble promises monsoon.

words and photo by me.
“108 sonnets” available at

alex guenther



Alex Guenther

teacher and author living in bangkok, thailand. poetry available here: