#LoveMadeVisible: Gardening, by Ann Magee

You didn’t wait for the first green shoot

to peek out of the fertile ground,

see the first tiny leaf unfurl.

 

You didn’t weed the bed

season after season,

getting dirt under your nails.

 

You didn’t take the trouble

of watering

and watching,

staking the stem when it started to lean off to one side.

 

But now

you stand at the gate

gazing at the lovely blooms

presuming to take

all the credit.

 

Why did you bother becoming a father,

planting the seed

but not tending the garden?


Ann is a poet and a children’s author who lives in NJ. She’s an educator, volunteer, mom to three teenagers, and life-long learner. You can find out more about her on her website at www.annmagee.net.

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17 Responses to #LoveMadeVisible: Gardening, by Ann Magee

  1. Wendy says:

    Nice work, Ann! Nice to see you here. 🙂

  2. Diane Hanington says:

    I like the references you made to the garden.

  3. Chrissa Pedersen says:

    A very visceral poem Ann, thanks for putting it out there to be shared.

  4. Such a sad poem. Sad and unexpected. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Kristen C.S. says:

    Very relevant to too many in our world today. The love of a father should be the first and greatest we each know in life. Thank you for your honest words. =)

  6. Joanne Roberts says:

    Very powerful. Thanks.

  7. ammwrite3 says:

    Thank you, Joanne.

  8. It’s wonderful not to see the end coming. Thank you!

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