~ Tender Gardener ~

Up the trail, past bloom and snail
She makes her way through morning
Petals flying -- how they sail
Spring breezes give no warning

She must get pots from the shed
For planting is her mission
It's all just so, there in her head
A kaleidoscopic vision

Back up the trail and to the porch
Clay pots stacked one foot high
A late-day sun comes out to scorch
Sweet tea will get her by

Geraniums in plastic pots
Petunias, pansies too
Impatiens and forget-me-nots
Lobelia, purple-blue

The damp, sweet smell of Mother Earth
Fills her nostrils up in spades
She loves each plant and knows their worth
Puts on her hat for shade

Kneeling there, in the sun
Takes flowers by their roots
She gently transplants, every one
Each thirsty, verdant shoot

Miniature garden in each pot
A silken, vibrant treasure
She toils in soil, with all she's got
To bring others simple pleasure

She puts each clay pot in the back
Of her old pickup truck
Though tired and sweaty, feels no lack
Her work gloves full of muck

Now, to the hospice she will go
Enlisting helpful hands
Sad eyes light up, then she will know
She's done all that she can

Tend your garden, full of splendor
Cherish every flower
Give of yourself -- it's love you render
Don't waste one single hour

Faerie's Heart Songs
T. R. Cardinet 2010

To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven
Ecclesiastes 3:1

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