The h2g2 Poem: Four Ages of a Gardener

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Gardening is about more than plants.

Four Ages of a Gardener

White Arum Lily by Willen

As a child, I cherished my secret corner

looked for four-leaf clovers opening,

picked my rare and precious treasures

preserved their fragile forms in books.

In my teens, I loved nasturtiums:

flash of vibrant red and orange

frill and flounce of cancan skirts.

I watched the bees probe for nectar.

As a woman, I grew courgette plants

in plots of dark, composted earth.

I searched as yellow flowers faded

for ripening fruit, swollen, succulent.

In old age, I walk my sunlit garden

gather armfuls of dazzling arum lilies,

white robes clean amongst verdure,

graceful and austere as guardian angels.
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