Now summer is in flower and nature’s hum
Is never silent round her sultry bloom
Insects as small as dust are never done…
~Excerpt from a poem by John Clare
Natalie, oh Nstalie, what can you say
About how it is your garden thrives?
Is it a labor of love that drives you
To keep these pretty flowers alive?
Yes ‘tis so for despite the torrid heat
And in the face of pesky insect mobs
I daily venture out with tools in hand
To wage war against the weedy hordes.
But in return as I mosey back to go inside
I feel blessed to be able to work the soil
Alone in quiet, solitude on flowery paths
Where nothing’s heard but muted toils.
In the end my back is bent, my brow wet,
And my stamina all but entirely spent,
But ’tis when the grueling work is done,
That I rest in satisfied accomplishment.
The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. ~Excerpt from Deuteronomy 2:7 ✝
**All photos taken by me in my yard; collages by me