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Autumnal Equinox At Our Community Garden
Erle Kelly


It's time to pull the roots
of the Early Girls, Romas,
Sweet 100's along
with zucchinis, crook-necks,
peppers, eggplants,
Chinese long beans.
I rejuvenate the plot,
spread moist manure,
let it seep and steep
into the depleted soil,
making way for infant
hardy reds and greens
of broccoli, carrots, beets,
cabbage, Swiss chard, kale.
The garden I planted at the year's
first equinox flourished
when the sun reached June.
Now its low angle casts long shadows
from the trees that surround the garden.
I take out the withered plants
disrupting the homes of insects
and small critters, providing meals
for the red-tail hawks that whine
and sway in the treetops.

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


Erle Kelly lives in Long Beach, California. A graduate of the state university there, he entered the Navy Air Force after college and became a navigator. After his years in naval service, Erle enjoyed a career in sales and marketing management. After retiring, he tutored at a local elementary school for many years. Today, Erle is active in a poetry writing class and his work has appeared in various online publications. He greatly enjoys his community vegetable garden and cycling, but his greatest joy is when he and his wife spend time with their friends, their four grandchildren, and their three great-grandchildren.   



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Jeri Thompson:
You write such lovely poetry connected to the earth and growing things. I appreciate your tomatoes all the more now!
Posted 12/14/2019 01:27 AM
A pleasure to see your lovely poem here!
Posted 09/23/2019 10:48 AM
I like the push-pull between lines and sentences in this poem . . . the push of the long sentences vying with the start-stop of the well-crafted lines.
Posted 09/23/2019 08:31 AM

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