Flint and Steel
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Flint and Steel

I Thought the Grapevine Was Dead

A poem on renewal and regeneration — and patience

Photo collage by writer of blooms and buds and fig and grapevine leaves
collage by writer

I thought the grapevine was dead,
but then two bundles of leaves
emerged —
and on the fig tree, too.

When we bought the tree two years ago,
the November before the world shut down,
the man who sold it to us
said: You’ll



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E. Katherine Kottaras

E. Katherine Kottaras


M.A. English// M.S. Kinesiology, Integrative Wellness. Contemplative teacher & writer. 🏳️‍🌈☮️🌴🍕 Chronic pain yields chronic hope.