The Gardener

Robert Singleton

For Claire


Plant graceful things first

for shelter from the trumpet’s seed.

The hardier next

in memory of poets

who needed help the most.

Next, the round eyes of lunar moths

to mark the path to fiction

and the need for hope and growth.

Phlox of different shades

to soothe the mind

and violets to erase its fears.

Pluck roses from

the bottom of the sea

and peonies to guard the path

and break the clouds apart.

Add lily of the valley

for jewel songs so bright

that children learn to hear

in seven languages

the first time they read.




Shawangunk Review Volume XXXI Copyright © 2020 by Robert Singleton. All Rights Reserved.

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