22 June 2016

Gardening with Elders

From Permaculture, a Beginners Guide 
by Graham Burnett via Wikimedia Commons


Gardens require manure they said
and bought in loads of dung.
They gloved their hands to shovel it
with joy that's still unsung.

We watched the plants grow strong and stout
with fruits to brag about—
None weakened by neglect or drought
tall corn to little sprout.

Just turning soil is not enough
though plants resilient be
it’s how soil grows and changes
that makes its people free.




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© 2016 Susan L. Chast


20 comments:

thotpurge said...

it’s how it grows and changes
that makes a people free.
.. fabulous end to the poem Susan... wonderfully said.

Sumana Roy said...

a beautiful message...moreover just reading the poem makes me so happy, love the rhyme and rhythm..

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A very interesting take on the topic.

Jae Rose said...

Yes indeed - it's the love put into planting any seed which truly makes it grow - i love the illustration also..it feels like a blueprint to be handed through generations

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Such a gorgeous and inspiring poem, Susan :D
Beautifully penned.

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Old Egg said...

Reading this my first thoughts were of industrialization of farming which is a worry as clearly there is much potential harm taht multinational money grubbers are doing to the earth and in the products themselves. We will never learn will we?

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh this is a wonderful homily for the human garden, especially governments. I loved this, Susan.

purba chakraborty said...

Such a beautiful poem with a wonderful message. Loved reading it :)

Panchali said...

Ah, the concluding lines say it all. Profound! Such a beautiful composition, Susan.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Excellent, Susan. There's wisdom here and any people with the word "dung" I love.

Luk Lei said...

Beautifully expressed, the hard labor is never done, but in itself, its own reward

Truedessa said...

Yes, the garden's soil is constantly changing and with it the plants. Growth depends on how strong the roots are and their ability to adapt to it's environment.

rallentanda said...

Change is not an easy one to facilitate. How? There must be a way !

Gillena Cox said...

This telling, this is inspirational, this is really good stuff

much love...

annell said...

Yes, plants are resilent. We have much to learn from plants...

Mary said...

You really have expressed the concept well, Susan!

Mama Zen said...

This is so beautiful, Susan!

Bekkie Sanchez said...

Resilience through dung so unsung! It does change things so true.

Leslie Moon said...

And so many pull all the nutrients from the soil with little thought to replenishing nutrients - there's a life lesson there.
Sorry it's taken so long to visit - I was finally able to see (this morning) who had posted via Mr. linky. Playing catch-up :)

rudraprayaga said...

Short and apt words for the topic.