October 5*

deer garden

the garden a tumult of now-sagging overgrowth
gone wild like always

(i am a planter, not a maintainer)

deer and raccoons trample the corn
i salvage half-ears, nibbled away

dig potatoes, pluck beets
preen the bolted chard

pledging, like always, next summer
fewer poems, more hoeing

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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