I’ve been feeling, lately, like it’s been too long since I’ve written poetry. Yes, I’ve been great about writing 500 words a day on a novel I’m working on…but I haven’t been writing poetry. And I miss it.
I also thought it was time I post another poem here on my blog. So I started looking through the ones I’d published here and there. None of them were right.
I decided to look through an old notebook where a lot of poems got started and not all of them got finished. I found the one that follows. It’s a rough draft without even a title. No date written, but it’s probably from 2011 or 2012 because that’s what is written by most of the others. It has to do with two of my favorite things: poems and gardens. 🙂
I could say the only thing that
grows in my garden is poems
but that wouldn’t be true.
Lettuce grows in my garden
so does kale, chard, tomatoes, and peas
Broccoli grows, but not well
Corn is given the chance every year,
but isn’t very cooperative.
The poems are in with the radishes
sprinkled among the herbs
lounging in the lawn chairs.
The poems tiptoe along with the cats
flap their wings with the chickens
buzz over my head with the hummingbirds;
the poems float in the backyard pool
and drift on the breeze
with the scent of strawberries,
lavender, and freshly mown grass.
The poems are still there
long after the vegetables are harvested.
You just have to look harder.
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