This April we are filling the EasternPennPoints blog with art and poetry in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Planting a Perspective
by Charlotte Greene
What in the world are you doing, curious Shadow said,
as I took a spade, hoe and trowel from inside the shed.
It’s way too early to plant anything directly in the ground
he growled loudly from the deck with a darkly disapproving frown.
The earth is so cold the poor sprouts would wither and go dead
he continued to bark with a shake of his mighty doggy head.
Smartie Pants opened her beak to readily concur
with a derisive squawk and a pretty naughty word.
I calmly proceeded in the face of their mockery and scorn
to dig up a sunny spot in the flower bed now so forlorn.
For I had a little secret that had not yet been shared
of six seeds found inside an heirloom apple I had pared.
I could almost taste their sweetness as I plucked the ripened fruit
from the lovely apple trees these seeds would someday skyward shoot.
But when the job was finished and I turned and told them why,
they fell over laughing so hard it made them hoot and cry.
When I asked why so funny they gasped for breath to reply.
We are now the pets of a seventy-seven-year-old optimistic fool,
apple pie in the sky is the only fruit that will make you drool!
I calmly turned to them and said with nary a trace of fear or dread,
I can’t wait to see you eat your words while I eat apple pie instead!
Charlotte Greene is a recent and way overdue retiree—an escapee from academia, from the lecture hall, and her laboratory. Finally, free, never again to toil over a multiple-choice question, administer an oral exam, or write a scientific paper (although she has published more than enough to surmount the publish or perish decree). Instead, she is off on a new quest to flex her hand at fiction with an occasional poem thrown in as a breather from the adventure of writing a novel. Her whole world and now the whole earth itself has changed course as she sits in her home, sheltered in place.
You’re a powerful writer, Charlotte. I have no doubt you’ll enjoy your journey!
TY, it feels like stepping off the familiar earth into unknown space.
Love this poem! Thanks for sharing it. It’s filled with strength and believing in your ideas.
Charlotte, JOB WELL DONE!