Hello all. I was invited to submit work here. This is my first offering.
Gardening in Time of War
It’s been a bad time for blight--
New growth that began so promisingly
cut down by a fast-spreading disease
that no one could foresee.
The staples were especially hard hit, roots
and branches suddenly dead above the sandy hills.
The Gardener, hard put to pay
for fertilizers and anti-fungal sprays, had to economize;
that endangered crops already at risk.
Forecasts that the weather will improve
do nothing to prevent the death of young plants,
though the Weatherman said the threat was past.
Painful to see so many young starts die
or be so damaged they will never be what they could have been.
Broken branches grow crookedly
and sometimes produce no fruit.
Gardens that were just getting established
have lost too many plants--
it’s been a bad time for blight.