Gardens

Fern Garden

swords pointing upright soft fronds curling

out of the ground

turn hard sharp then bend

bird’s nest

ruffled and feathered

soft under the rhododendron

Water Garden

wet with salamanders and frogs

hiding in the lily pads

bog bean taking over

hard slate waterfall 

needs watercress between cracks

or flow again the dry creek bed

Vegetable Garden

wintered over the arugula and beets

one chard plant survived the snow

time to plant more greens some peas

these beds are ready from last fall’s harvest

now sun is warming their cold soil

plant the radish and watch it grow

Flower Garden

primroses always the first to show

nursery bed with more hellebore 

cut back the fuchsia before it blooms

hummingbirds bumblebees search branches

lavender iris lilies galore

plant more hyacinth let its fragrance flow

Who can work these gardens?

Feel the earth between tired hands?

Feed the roots and make them flower?

Gardens

4 thoughts on “Gardens

  1. This felt like a walk around a garden, that spring appraisal gardeners must do. And then, with the ending, I wondered whether the gardener had gone, and this was a memorial walk, a glance at the past rather than the future?

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    1. I was rereading the poem before going out to garden and the line “or flow again the dry creek bed” makes me think that this is a neglected garden (thru death or other reasons). Must go tend the garden. Thanks for your input.

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