Stoop and Conquer

In spring and summer most of my time is used in the garden

at times I think I have too much garden

 

Picking and plucking along the ground

weeds are like words in my garden

 

Time to share with hummingbirds and bees

who bury themselves in plants of the garden

 

Slugs don’t stand a chance if they climb through my fence

I will murder them if they enter green garden

 

I could buy a bag of peppers from the grocery store

would rather I harvest from plants in the garden

 

Joy of seeing a chipmunk or black-capped chickadee

as they pick out seeds from the garden

 

Now I know why my beans didn’t grow

because of that mole in my garden

 

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dVerse prompt to write a ghazal

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Stoop and Conquer

When Far Away

A haloed sun and an eagle flying over, just two signs she thought, as the parked car beeped with the opening of the lock. She didn’t get in but stood there looking at the sky, the signs she was sure were a prophetic vision of what God was doing in her life. I’m going for greater heights, bigger skies, with a sun more radiant she thought, as she slipped into the driver’s seat. There is nothing ordinary about me. I am extraordinary. I will do extraordinary things.
When far away an interrupted cry of the eagle. The car alarm sounded like a freight train crossing into her imaginations and realities. What the hell?  She fumbles with the keys and finds the red alarm button. New silence. In the distance the sound of the eagle.
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dVerse prompt to write prosery and must use “when far away an interrupted cry”

When Far Away

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