One Continuous Blossoming
You do not count on this abundance,
but all winter long you consult the catalogues,
order the seeds and dust off the grow lights,
begin again the plotting of what goes where
every year you hold true to your imagined Eden.
You tilled the soil, planted the seed, weeded and watered,
cultivating your obligations to the earth.
And so that summer we ate garden everything.
Swallowtails surveyed the tassels.
Wind every-so-often reopened its song.
Tomato sauce boiled but didn't boil over.
And the poems I wrote were full of loss,
but of loss with grace,
in the shadow of the willow
we were finding our way into a rhythm,
recalling who we were: June, after all,
what you wanted to hold onto,
roses against the redbrick, poppies soft as tissues,
strawberries fully red and hidden in the unmown grasses,
the mock orange spreading its white blossoms over the porch swing
when the petals drop, the children call them:
June, season of tomato stakes
and tossing straw onto the potatoes,
hard green apples and blueberries and grapes shaping themselves,
the flowering blackberries proliferating along the field's edge
and, late afternoons,
the sun rounding the sky's absolute blue,
the garden layered in shadow,
the children splashing their thin bodies against the heat
hands resting on the handle of your hoe,
the sweat of your body's labor sweetening the air,
and allow yourself the distraction that, yes, perhaps:
it's all one continuous blossoming,
these cells that everywhere sing their pulsing songs,