Almost time to plant inside, tiny plants
emerging from peat pots, thirsting for sun’s slant
to stout their sprout, break open their small hearts
to bless us with heavenly scents, off charts.
Tall sunflowers grow, to hold on their heads
caps of snow next year, keep hungry birds fed.
Brownbagging for winter, start indoor seeds now,
squash, parsnips, tomatoes, feed hungry cows
with corn spread later when soil’s just warm,
plant garlic or marigolds to deter gorms
of beetles, nesting bugs that wish to feast
on new plants, feeding all’s nature of beast.
Spring starts off with glory of sweet peas scent;
beware of rabbits pitching outdoor tents.
Laura Rodley © 2014
Pushcart Prize winner and nominated for Best of the Net five times, Laura Rodley has work published in Best Indie Lit New England, Massachusetts Review, and Hunger Mountain among others. She is editor and publisher of As You Write It, A Franklin County Anthology, a compilation of memoirs from seniors age 70 through 95.
Laura Rodley’s chapbook Rappelling Blue Light, a Massachusetts Book Award nominee, won honorable mention for the New England Poetry Society Jean Pedrick Award. Her second chapbook Your Left Front Wheel is Coming Loose was also nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award and an L. L.Winship/Penn New England Award.
Thanks Laura Rodley for sharing your work here.