Surging seas. Valley snow down
to 100 feet. Schools already closed.
shuts my garden down and sends me fireside.
Time, at last, to thaw out tired limbs and doze
without bark slivers in my hands or dirt
beneath my fingernails. I’ve grown weary
of the earth I’ve kneaded daily with intent.
From spring to early frost, perennials
fulfilled their promises and, without pause,
bulbs splashed colors on my plotted beds.
Now I’m done with mudding through autumn rain—
saving diehard blooms, erasing moss and weeds—
exhausted by the beauty I conceived.
to know I’ll fret for phlox and bleeding hearts,
for jasmine climbing up the backyard fence;
for hostas, dahlias, daisies, roses, mums;
for everything I’ve grown to love. Before
daylight winds down and solar lights go dark,
I have it in me to push fatigue aside—
to prune, mulch, rake, appreciate one more
bedding down, one irreparable good-bye.
Then, let smirking clouds cascade from the Coast
and tomorrow’s dawn reap relentless snow.
I’ll design next spring from winter sleep.
This poem also appeared in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume V.