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The Gardener Finds Out Death by Adam Greenwood

by Patricia | 4.03.13

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In Spring the gardener finds out death–
What fruit tree limbs did not overwinter.
Some stems twig and bud and bloom,
Some stems splinter.

I lost a limb some seasons back
From my own flesh–my firstborn daughter.
Time healed the break, but I still lack
The apples of her laughter.

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Adam Greenwood lives with his wife and children in central New Mexico near the ranch his great-grandfather lost in the Great Depression. He is a member of the www.jrganymede.com blog. His oldest daughter, Betsey Pearl, died of cancer in the spring of 2005.

3 Responses to The Gardener Finds Out Death by Adam Greenwood

  1. Adam G.

    The draft version of the poem is here:

    http://www.jrganymede.com/2013/03/13/in-the-spring-the-gardener-discovers-death/

    My thanks to Sis. PK for her valuable suggestions.

  2. Bill A

    Obviously from the heart. Moving. Thanks.

  3. Dayna

    Ah, really lovely.

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