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Late April - New Hampshire
Robert Manchester


There is still snow
under the junipers.
Full streams
run rapidly.
A grow light’s
luminescence reflects
off the emerging leaves
of the peppers
planted in March.
In a small patch of garden
mustard seeds (true volunteers)
and push towards sunlight
hoping to be the first green.
Soil crumbles
in my hand.
Time to plant peas,
carrots and radishes.

There is renewal,
as dirty hands
page through
this year’s garden plan.

© by Robert Manchester
Used with the author’s permission.

Robert Manchester lives in New Hampshire, surrounded by leafy trees, stone walls, memories of Robert Frost, and several living poetry legends. He’s been writing and publishing poems for 50+ years, but quite prefers writing to submitting. Even so, his work manages to appear in print and win prizes on a fairly consistent basis, and Robert has even joined the Newbury Poetry Group. Though he views himself as a cynic who writes edgy poems about the "underbelly of life—the junk cars, tumbledown trailers, goat pens in the front yard, and the like—", his work is actually quite entertaining and often humorous.


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I'm not a gardener but it is a joy to hear the tending of one.
Posted 04/24/2013 06:53 PM
Those of us here in Wyoming can relate to this. We've still got some snow on the gound, but it's melting fast.
Posted 04/24/2013 06:44 PM
Nice. Hot bed plants, set too soon withered by an imprudent frost.
Posted 04/24/2013 09:44 AM
I love the description of the renewal in a Spring garden!
Posted 04/24/2013 08:35 AM
Yes, spring really has not begun until we wash our winter-hands with garden-dirt!
Posted 04/24/2013 06:20 AM
Surely, this is the perfect early-spring poem of the gardener!
Posted 04/24/2013 06:07 AM
Here's to dirt on our hands!
Posted 04/24/2013 05:34 AM

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