“‘Biome’ means” by Atsushi Ikeda
You walk around the city to look for a garden. The only ones
you find are fenced in by air quotes. Tiny hydroponic farms.
The tomato patch on campus. Snowhunks from
roofs/ledges bury your steps in avalanches.
You walk around the city to look for a single flower. No
qualifications. No name, preferred colour. It’s harder
than you thought so you think about it harder. Realize
you could’ve just stayed home, snowed in,
And drawn seven hexagrams
On a piece of graph paper.
Atsushi Ikeda is a writer in Montreal. He is also a pair of amphibrachs, and a banjo wearing a brain. His work has appeared in Yolk Literary, Into the Void, Half a Grapefruit, Collusion Books, and more. You can ping him @murphy_chicken on Twitter! :)