Neglected Things


Every year late August brings me its unexpected moment,

a pivotal day before the slow slope down through Autumn.

I remember how you planned gardens with a practised eye,

so today, your birthday, I work here this hot afternoon

in deep silence. Time to deal with shrubs left far too long.


All routine, but this quiet husbandry is important,

mending, remaking, a mutually healing habit.

Gardening wakes neglected things then consoles them, revives

the simple desire to show a familiar shape love.

Watering, weeding, preparing new seasons. It all helps.


(From Cello, Rockingham Press, 2013.)


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