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It is amazing how a simple, uneventful spring afternoon can be so full of wisdom. It is amazing how a simple, uneventful spring afternoon of friendship can blossom into a lifetime of love.

(Birthday poem- 9/21/1997)

Lessons In The Garden

It was a gorgeous spring afternoon,
the sky, heaven's bed, sprinkled
with angel clouds. Hummingbirds
returning from winter's
odyssey.

I surveyed the yard, the same garden
as always, Bermuda grass coming up
thru brown death, making it's
annual journey thru the fertile soil
(some odyssey's are measured in inches).

The hedges, manicured neatly, smartly.
The flowers, ah..., did I mention the
flowers; Carnations in every vibrant color,
Gladiolas towering.
Roses, royalty of the garden, nobility.

Then there was her favorite, the Stargazers.
Soft tender whiteness sharply held
against the bold red, so fruity and sweetly
aromatic. Just now coming to life
in the aftermath of a swift April shower.

The flowers always come up shy, slowly,
carefully (when nurtured, cared for).

I look over to Kristy (transfixed upon the hummingbirds)
and think to myself ..The heart opens
slowly.

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