Poetry in your Pocket Day & Garden Poetry in my Blog

For National Poetry in your Pocket Day….

Marge Piercy is one of my favorite poets and not in the least because she’s a gardener.  Of course, she covers a wide range of topics in her verses, but when she writes of the natural world and of plants, there’s no disguising her love and connection.

THE LOVE OF LETTUCE by Marge Piercy

With a pale green curly
lust I gloat over it nestled
there on the wet earth
(oakleaf, buttercrunch, ruby, cos)
like so many nests
waiting for birds
who lay hard boiled eggs.

The first green eyes
of the mustard, the frail
wands of carrots, the fat
thrust of the peas: all
are precious as I kneel;
in the mud weeding
and the thinnings go into the salad.

The garden with crooked
wandering rows dug
by the three of us
drunk with sunshine has
an intricate pattern emerging
like the back of a rug.
The tender seedlings

raise their pinheads
with the cap of seed stuck on.
Cruel and smiling with sharp
teeth is the love of lettuce.
you grow out of last year’s
composted dinner and you
will end in my hot mouth.

To learn more about Marge Piercy–one of our greatest American poets and novelists, visit her website: http://margepiercy.com/

And don’t forget to put a poem in your pocket, or blog.

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About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.
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