True gardeners cannot bear a glove
Between the sure touch and the tender root,
Must let their hands grow knotted as they move
With a rough sensitivity about
Under the earth, between the rock and shoot,
Never to bruise or wound the hidden fruit.
And so I watched my mother's hands grow scarred,
She who could heal the wounded plant or friend
With the same vulnerable yet rigorous love;
I minded once to see her beauty gnarled,
But now her truth is given me to live,
As I learn for myself we must be hard
To move among the tender with an open hand,
And to stay sensitive up to the end
Pay with some toughness for a gentle world.
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Since selling my house and moving a year ago
and still living in temporary quarters with my
daughter, it is the first Springtime in my adult
life when I don't have a flower garden. I miss
my peonies especially, and my huge climbing
rose which should be radiant right now.So I have no beautiful photos to post here this year.
Instead I am posting a collection of Impressionist
women in their gardens for you to enjoy!