a time for planting
by Fran McRedmond

under snatching thorns
your bright green weeds take hold
in hard to reach places
weaving their roots with roses
to gain purchase
clutching briquettes of Texas gumbo
under crisp russet leaves
and decaying mulch

a useful work
best done with patient
hours spent wrenching up
what wants to take over

while bird calls are heard and answered
earthworms restored to soil
hawks followed on slopes of cloud
cold buttocks in too-thin jeans
warming in the sunshine

weeding makes ready
for you to bring back
golden native agarita
and healing purple coneflower

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