I once picked sage with my Native American friend
who later had an affair with my first wife
right after—or maybe before—our wedding.
I remember her saying, take only
as much as you need, and only a little
from each plant. Be grateful
as you clip.

As I stand here now, eating blueberries off the bush
in my yard, not having thought of that
in twenty years, I wonder how many sacred hedges
she’s clipped from, and if she was ever grateful.
If she ever realized it was she
who took too much.

Published in Mudfish Journal, June 2018

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