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Farmer Palmer
Carl Palmer


“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill
except learning to grow in rows.” ~ Doug Larson

Tommy Toe cherry tomatoes,
carrots, radishes, leeks, red cabbage
along with cilantro, chives, and oregano
attract flocks of lovely white butterflies
to my first raised bed garden.

Holes suddenly appear in my cabbage leaves
with tiny, shiny, green, hairless caterpillars
feasting upon the crop in front of my eyes.

The seasoned gardener at the local nursery
replies, “Cabbage worms,” asks if I'd noticed
any white, waxy wing moths, explaining further
they lay eggs that hatch in a day and eat
constantly until three inches long or when
food sources are gone, whichever comes first.
Noticing my shocked expression, he replies
“The butterflies were quite pretty, weren’t they?”

© by Carl Palmer.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Carl “Papa” Palmer lives in University Place, Washington now, but grew up on Old Mill Road (the name of his latest book) in Ridgeway, Virginia. Retired from the military and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he enjoys being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer and being “Papa” to his grand descendants. Carl is the author of nine chapbooks and his work has been published in more than 200 journals around the world. His motto is "Long Weekends Forever!"



Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
Fun poem.
Posted 07/23/2022 12:36 PM
Janet Leahy:
Oh yes, I have them too, the "pretty white butterflies." I have lots of milkweed but have not seen the monarchs that were here in past years.
Posted 07/19/2022 11:45 AM
Lori Levy:
Great ending.
Posted 07/18/2022 05:21 PM
Thank you for sharing your first gardening experience in this delightful way. Sounds like some Franciscan joy! Peace and all good to you.
Posted 07/18/2022 12:26 PM
What fun!
Posted 07/18/2022 10:16 AM
delightful start to the day
Posted 07/18/2022 09:06 AM
This is delightful.
Posted 07/18/2022 09:05 AM
Larry Schug:
I agree with Joan. Th last line is perfect. I wonder if this poem's message is Ignorance is bliss.
Posted 07/18/2022 08:51 AM
Joan Luther:
First: THANK for your service! Second: Happy ending makes my heart flutter.
Posted 07/18/2022 07:32 AM

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