This Garden

1.
in its first summer, I’m fighting
gravity and grass, plus
the sun so much fiercer in blessing
and insects unforetold

2.
my camouflaging clothes
made for errands, patio-reading
anything but weeding
require constant hitch and catch
on the tiny cartilage of rose-thorns
the ones I can’t see

3.
I’m not looking for much
beyond this silence but I say
next year all the greens go in boxes
next year a promise to myself
to my seedlings

4.
sacrificed to the spirits of wildness
(as far as they go in a finch’s song)
my orderly plans thrown cloudward
with not enough regret

5.
the back of my neck like old leather
even my wrists and feet
brown as long-distant childhood

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17 thoughts on “This Garden

  1. I think I recognise this struggle – the wild weeds to be kept at bay. Every year I say I’ll do it differently, and keep on top of things, and every year my vegetable patch gets taken over by nasturtiums…

    I really love this poem. I love your use of such simple language to create something so much more. It reminds me a little of Robert Frost. A lovely thing to find in my reader, thank you.

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  2. I love sharing your gardening journey. I especially liked #4–I love the image of “orderly plans thrown cloudward” and “as far as they go in a finch’s song,” but the “with not enough regret” made me laugh. That sounds like me–not with gardening, of course, haha, but in general.

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  3. These made me smile. Yesterday I was out cutting the vines that keep invading from next door on the Rose of Sharon tree. It’s breathing now! I’ve given up everything but herbs…(K)

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  4. I love love love stanzas 4 and 5! “As far as they go in a finch’s song” is stunning, as is the image of the best laid-plans thrown cloudward. Feet brown as childhood anchors me in those long ago years – personal yet universal and vivid.

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      1. I agree with that 100%. Buzzing around my head drives me nuts… and then there are the swarms of mosquitoes…for those avoidance is the best policy 🙂

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  5. What a great approach to such a complex topic. I love the little almost-thoughts, as though you are deliberating which way to go throughout. And I agree with others, #5 seems to bring everything together, however loosely.

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