October 22 Thank-You Note

Idling running your hands
(those hands with rich veins
whose heat of strength
runs fast through them)
through debased soil you touched
an unexpected blasted root
crowded around by noxious weeds
nicked and frozen by turns
half-eaten in the muddy waste
pulled it from its black grave
carried it gently to a place
of sun and gentle rain
of rich and cleanest soil.

You tended it through dormancy
to first quaking gestures
of growth to fresh life
even beyond slow consuming
of its own weak and rotten places
under which you saw a root
a tendril reaching for light
pruning here a touch
a promise of true shape
of native strengths to come.

Years beyond that idle day
that poor misshapen root
grows straight in strong soil
its strength bearing it high
through the careful bed
of your hands’ devising
to send your persistent Love
in what blossoms it can
back to the Sun that shone
strong as Life
through your eyes—
from your heart—
that first eternal beauty.

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, joy, love, Poetry, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to October 22 Thank-You Note

  1. rita kowats says:

    Beautiful and so eloquently crafted. Thank you, Jane.

  2. neilsonanita says:

    Lovely to meet you Jane (via Rita Kowat’s wonderful blog). I look forward to following your posts and exquisite verse. Anita.

  3. janemwoodman says:

    Thank you, Anita! I’m always happy to see that Rita’s been here, and now I will look forward to you as well. Soon, gardening and food preservation will end for the year, and I can spend time here reading and writing.

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