by Jnana Hodson

over the kitchen, one black walnut is bare
the other’s just beginning to turn yellow

10 pumpkins wait beside the driveway
even before I collect squashes and gourds
from the garden

autumn touches, make my Lady of Spices happy
chrysanthemums and a few poppies
reset to barrels and pots around the barn and kitchen entry

the mums in the barrels so gorgeous
next to the pumpkin-filled wheelbarrow
the harvest in a wheelbarrow – eggplants, too
or vines in the compost

our blooming cardinal flower
makes me wish more had survived, even just one, to remind us

poem copyright 2016 by Jnana Hodson


Garden 1

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