Onion skins very thin
Mild winter coming in;
Onion skins thick and tough
Coming winter cold and rough.
She makes her own cold skies
to get enough winter to do well
without concern over the frost
reaching up into her raised bed
clear of shade from tender leaves
in loosely turned and fertile earth
fed regularly from last year’s fall
seeded fresh on transplants laid
as soon as thawing reaches north
into her measured shallow graves,
her edges yellowing near her best
but easy to rot at a careless bruise.