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July 08, 2024

Joyce's Garden

By Peter A. Witt

Joyce’s Garden

I watch her clearing wilted flowers from her garden
for what will be the last time, for soon we'll move
into a fourth floor retirement unit, where the gardens
on the grounds are minimal and cared for by professionals.

Gone will be the spring feast of salvia, cosmos,
and zinnias -- the plot of sunflowers that come up
every year will be someone else's responsibility,
as will planning for fall beauty of ageratum,
dianthus, and marigolds.

Creating a herbaceous border of butterfly weed and iris
will be a memory of the past, as will be the feeling
of dirt under one's fingernails, late afternoon watering
on a hot summer day, or the ongoing task of weeding.

I watch her standing with hands on hips, looking
at the trees, shrubs, and flowers she's planted
and nurtured for more than 25 years. Her back's
to me, but I know there are tears, I'll let her grieve,
then go out and hug her, as she tells me
how much she'll miss the smell of green.

Article © Peter A. Witt. All rights reserved.
Published on 2023-09-04
Image(s) are public domain.
1 Reader Comments
11:27:35 AM
So beautiful! You have both put so much work and care into The Langford Garden to be enjoyed by so many! We appreciate you! Cooler weather will draw more people outdoors to enjoy its beauty.
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