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Nine Ways to Look at a Garden
Erle Kelly


Man, Woman, First Garden,
First Seeds create
pleasure, children, conflict.

A demanding child,
the garden pulls strength
from sun, water, soil.

Tomatoes, zucchini, peppers,
yellow squash, fight for space
with spurge, parasites, weeds.

Summer light reflects hues
of reds, greens, yellows,
stores energy for growth.

Hands in soil, patience,
toil, touch garden
and gardener’s soul.

The garden’s bounty shares
with keeper, family, friends
insects, squirrels and sparrows.

Garden plot measured out,
a structure for growth
as chaos awaits.

Weather makes a pact: Garden,
root early, survive my rage
and you will thrive.

A garden is born
death awaits,
create ashes for re-birth.

by Erle Kelly.
Used with the author’s permission.

Erle Kelly, whose poetry has been published in a variety of print and online venues, lives in Long Beach, California and attended California State University there. Retiredfrom a career in marketing management,Erlekeeps himself busy cycling, tutoring two days a week at a local elementary school, and attending a weekly poetry workshop.He and his wife enjoy tending their community vegetable garden and exploring the world.

Post New Comment:
Love it.
Posted 05/15/2016 08:53 AM
Lori Levy:
Especially like the first stanza.
Posted 05/14/2016 04:16 PM
Very nice indeed. Thanks for sharing!
Posted 05/14/2016 09:37 AM
I'm impressed by the attention to detail and colorful use of personification in this fine poem. Janice
Posted 05/14/2016 08:18 AM

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