Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Summer in the South

The green outside is mostly weeds
walnut trees 3 feet in height
dream of raining green baseballs
on our car and house
oak trees and grapevines strangle roses
on a gray fence
too weak to hold itself upright
if we removed the trees
the fence would fall
damned if we do or don't
the other fence is hidden
by a bamboo forest
does the fence still stand?
vines creep up the walls
a foot or more per day
well anyway the crêpe myrtles bloom
zinnias, lilies, roses, Lantana, and something else
whose name I cannot now recall
so, forgive the weeds
but do not spare them
compost for next year's veggies
mulch for this year's crop

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