Absence in High Summer

How should your absence ache
when the center of every web
is you or that which you’ve touched?

Auburn-eyed dogs gaze at me
with no more devotion or need
than the story in your eyes.

When I go out to find beetles
with murderous intentions
I’m preserving the gardens for you.

In the midst of those gardens
the thousand blooming, bearing things
grow strong from your strength.

Even the heat of the sun
melting my resolve to weed
echoes your voice counseling rest.

I will fill your absence then
with the presence of everything
that grows because of your love.

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About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
This entry was posted in Free verse, Gardening, Gardening, Usually Organic, love, Patience, Poetry, Summer. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Absence in High Summer

  1. ari says:

    Beautiful❤

  2. Noora says:

    “I will fill your absence then
    with the presence of everything
    that grows because of your love.”

    Very beautiful.
    It is definitely nice to be back to enjoy your soul-filling poetry.
    Have a lovely weekend, Jane!

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