July Garden Sonnet

Now carrots push their shoulders above soil,
And garlic leaves start yellowing to brown.
Already the first crop of sweet kohlrabi
Grew fast in spring so it’s long since cut down.
Cilantro, too, and chervil had their season,
So basil now and eggplant take their place,
While peppers and tomatoes slowly increase
And set their flowers and fruit at their own pace.
Now curcurbits are vining over spaces
That last year gave a home to all our beans;
Potato plants are turning yellow, fading–
That’s cause for joy when one knows what it means.
Such constant variation signifies
That everything must change, but nothing dies.


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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2 Responses to July Garden Sonnet

  1. cote8050 says:

    I love that! spoken like a true gardener! it is amazing how the garden changes as the months go by and tiny little plants that you think will never amount to much suddenly become giants and inundate you with zucchini! I just love to grow things! Great poem! Michelle

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