Getting Rid of the Aphids

Christy Ducker

Instead of a way out
she finds a sack.

It arrives at the greenhouse
each Thursday.

Once set down,
the sack fidgets

until she pulls open
its neck,
and pours out one kilo
of ladybirds.

For a moment,
she sees only

stunned treasure
hissing to a standstill.

But soon
the ladybirds fly
whirring.

Hunting, they stud
the soft hurt
of tomato stems.

At night
they fall from her clothes,
brilliant

even in darkness.



Christy Ducker

Christy Ducker is a poet, reviewer and editor. She has also taught creative writing since 1999. Publications include Mslexia, The Wolf, and Smoke. She is working towards a first collection of poems as part of her Creative Writing MA at Newcastle University.

She lives and works in Northumberland.

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