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Family Outing
Scott Owens


My daughter digs up worms
from the old garden and moves them
one at a time to the new one,
her love of animals clear
in the way she carefully cradles
each one in a bare hand
letting the worm squirm
wherever it will across
her palm, keeping the other
hand below to catch it
should it go too far in any direction.
My wife plans, plots,
decides, directs number,
width, depth, selection.
I dig, set in place,
carry water. Together
we make again a garden
to tend, grow, sustain

From Sky Full of Stars and Dreaming (Redhawk Publications, 2021).
Used here with permission.

Scott Owens is the author of 20 collections of poetry and the recipient of numerous awards. Professor of Poetry at Lenoir Rhyne University and former editor of two poetry journals, he is the founder of Poetry Hickory, a monthly reading series. Scott's newest collection is 'Round Here: Images from and Near Catawba County. He lives in Hickory, North Carolina, where he owns and operates Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery.Learn more about Scott here.



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The poet has painted a heartwarming family scene.
Posted 03/02/2024 09:32 PM
Glenda Beall:
I see that child holding the worms so carefully and think I know and like the adult she becomes.
Posted 03/02/2024 05:32 PM
Lori Levy:
Great details. I feel I'm there on that "family outing."
Posted 03/02/2024 12:36 PM
The people the poet loves and what they love tell this love story.
Posted 03/02/2024 10:54 AM
Oh, let the worm squirm!
Posted 03/02/2024 10:53 AM
Wilda Morris:
Posted 03/02/2024 09:21 AM

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