Friday, April 8, 2011


they always get ahead of me;
before it's even warm enough
to plant food:
- tomatoes
- squash
- basil
- melons
- beans
they've invaded
taproots diving deep
drawing sustenance
(the sustenance i want
for my summer culinary delights)
into their green, growing,
i-don't-want-you-here leaves

i coax and cajole
pull and dig
mix and turn
until the soil looks clean
ready to plant

then i turn away
for five minutes, it seems
(though the days get away from me)
and they're back
so i'm back
digging, pulling

to have my hands in the dirt,
it's probably worth it

1 comment:

  1. and what a quiet, relaxing, meditative time it proves to be - with "hands in the dirt...digging, pulling" - thanks for the reminder