A thousand bits of wisdom can be learned
From soil and growth as soon as beds are turned:
There grow the small but soon-tall spears of chives,
The first green to announce perennial lives.
From these and from their cousins, kale and chard,
We know that Life persists though Winter’s hard;
They follow close on garlic greens that show
The bulbs’ strong hearts kept living beneath snow.
These teach us some are strong yet still leave room
For those that need the heat to grow and bloom:
Tomatoes, peppers, and their kindred sit
Behind the glass until warm soil’s fit.
Asparagus offers much the hardest lesson:
Long patience that we must now acquiesce in.