Kristin Berkey-Abbott, author of Life in the Holocene Extinction, lives in Hollywood, Fla.

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Baptismo Sum

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott 08-01-2005

In this month of dehydration,
we keep our eyes skyward, both to watch
for rain and to avoid the scorn
of the scorched succulents who reproach
us silently, saying, "You promised to care."

And so, although we thought we could stick
these seedlings in the ground and leave
them to their own devices, we haul
hoses and buckets of water to the outer edges
of the yard where the hose will not reach.