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amywink February 19th, 2017



Under the fall of last year’s autumn
the remnants of the garden
I’d left neglected by necessity,
rise anyway.

Even untended, the bulbs and
hardy perennials emerge green
strengthened by the layer of decay,
more robust in the nourished soil
of this cyclical life.

The roses, resilient, fierce, remember
the truth to grow, made only more
vigorous by hard pruning.

The lacy blooms of the Mexican plum
will come to fruition
only for the birds, the tartness
of its fruit too forbidding for other tongues.

But I am also slowly rising, drawn again
into the garden I barely recognize,
into the garden that I missed,
to tend the forgotten Eden I’ve found.