Owl at the Pond

Owl at the pond

big as my small dog

puffs out feathers

wets face

always looking around

It sees me in kitchen

watching as it goes

deeper into the water

shaking feathers

tipping

flipping

water on its back

breast deep now

looking around

repeats face wash again

and again

wings spread

then gone

Owl at the Pond

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