Digging in the Dirt


Kneeling on the earth,
I scoop with a trowel
to plant powder blue phlox,
pink and white begonias,
the root of a delicate fern.

Seedlings pop from thin plastic,
their white veined rectangles
of potting soil
lightly scraped before dropped
into holes
soon filled around.

The fern root is loosed
from its bag and buried.
A cardboard image
of what’s to come
stands guard
over bare ground.

Small green stems
and leaves
grow up
from the inevitable

They anchor in
and flourish.


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