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Finally! 9/21/2008


Putting In This Year's Garden

For Dad, who taught me how to raise one, among other things


I don't know why I bothered

with the garden this late.

Mother's Day is the natural cut-off here,

but here I am pulling out winter's leftover

weeds and deadwood vines halfway

through June. Dad would have been picking

lettuce by now, but mine is still

in the packet. But it's a promise

I keep in the spring: to rake

the soil to planting-ready; to follow

rows up and down, removing stones

and roots, clearing the way

for squash and cukes; to string up rows

of peas and beans and stake up

future clumps of tomatoes; to water

and wait for the first sign of sprouting

seed; to lie in wait for snails

that would razor down seedlings.

To know, like dads know, that a garden

sometimes takes awhile to produce.


Donna Smith

June 2006

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Taken on September 21, 2008