GARDEN OF LIFE

a poem by Nancy Ellen Crossland, USA


Dented, battered and frayed
Hanging on the wooden peg;
Always there it seemed to stay
Reminder of those summer days
Lessons of youth
Promises made,

The old straw hat was positioned
Just right;
Sheltering grandpa
From the bright sunlight
Out to the garden
Instruction began;
What to plant, where to plant
Again and again;

Overhead arbor bursting with grapes;
Lettuces, garlic, cucumbers, kale
How we filled all those dozens of pails,

Not a moment to waste;
Hat bobbing he'd go
Tomatoes, figs, apricots
Through the garden to and fro,

Picking the mint,tarragon
And rosemary;
Not an idle word of chatter
Don't forget the strawberries,

Lessons from the garden
Respect for Mother earth
For what is planted in love
We reap from the moment of birth.


Nancy Ellen Crossland
8/19/2010

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