Goodbye, my most neglected garden.
I gave you precious little attention,
but you faithfully rewarded
our small times together.
Even as you age and decline
you graciously dish out goodwill.
The Swiss chard, Italian parsley,
lettuce, sunflowers remain.
I live in a state of perpetual hope…
the promise that next year I’ll do better.
Next summer there’ll be no weddings,
no babies, no trips, no books?
May it never be!
Get used to it, dear garden.
You are a minor delight of my life.
I need you, I do.
But I’m an undependable friend.
Next year we’ll get it together, won’t we?
I will magically morph into a Gardener
and you will mysteriously develop rich, loamy soil.
Soon you will warm yourself with a quilt of leaves
and a comforter of snow.
Sleep well, my quiet companion.
Remember: next year!