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Shortest day, On the cusp Of a new year; Tardy sun Heaves herself Over the horizon, Relieved That from today It will get easier. Precious Extra minutes Will soon illuminate The winter garden, Highlighting Seasonal treasures: Snowdrops Cornus, Witch hazel, … Continue reading
The green smell That follows Showers After Weeks without; Fresh foliage, Fresher still. First sweet peas And something Indeterminate Carried on the breeze; Tomato plants Warming in The greenhouse; Rich fruitiness, Close encounter With an early rose; Confused aroma of … Continue reading
Under The roses, The spring and summer Abundance, Under The leaf litter, Underground, While mortals Sleep Another kingdom Keeps watch On the garden. Earthworms, Woodlice, Mycelium Inhabit The moist Dark recesses Of the earth, Toiling tirelessly For the health Of … Continue reading
Defiant dahlias Poised and erect Vibrantly alive Hold their breath And wait. Pale sunshine Bathes Their anxious hearts But fails To warm, To quell Their fears Of sudden demise. Senses alert, Ears pricked, They wait For the inevitable, When Dr … Continue reading
Loose limbed And elegant They leap and prance Across the stage With familiar ease, Pristine dresses Flashing white Green trimmed For effect. Not a pas de deux A dance for two But for a larger cast, A thousand perhaps Or … Continue reading
I sowed the seed, Planted the plant, Whispered, Cajoled And tended, Negotiated terms With sun And rain, But who… Waved a wand So plants That sulked Would thrive? Raised roses in dry shade And magnified The clematis blooms? Breathed new … Continue reading
In deepest February Those months Between leaf drop And spring May seem to drag May chill our hearts May make us yearn For warmer days And sun. But pause awhile…. If, In our anxiety For weeks to pass By swift … Continue reading