On Reading The Secret Garden
At first it seemed too familiar:
a beautiful mother who cared
nothing for her daughter, Mary,
a girl my age, ugly, foul-tempered.
But Nature transformed Mary;
she grew lovely, sweet-tempered,
became the heroine of her own life;
a happy ending I needed to believe in.
Martha Christina lives in Bristol, RI. She is a frequent contributor to Red Eft Review, and her work has also appeared in earlier issues of Star 82 Review, Crab Orchard Review, and the Tiny Seed Pollinator Project, among others.
See more of her work in 9.4 and 9.3 and 9.3 and 9.2 and 9.2 and 8.2 and 8.2 and 7.4 and 7.3 and 7.2 and 6.3 and 6.3 again