In the gardens near my house
the plants and grass are overgrown.
The flowers died a month ago
and nothing has been done.
In the gardens there I spy
the wild and untamed branches grow
up and out from sturdy cover,
where there once was ordered rows.
In the gardens, where I go-
a silence overtook the stalk
of slow exact, the tidy stems
of leaf and bud -where once I walked.
In the gardens, seeming now
unkept and winked in disregard
the minute beauty still remains
I see the landscape,sowed and scarred.
To the gardens, I return
when seeking lines and clustered leaves
to fill my wanting mind with growth
for poems such as these.