Friday, April 29, 2011

unedited: kindess came to visit

kindness came to visit
he took us through a mountain of wildflowers
to a perfect, hidden cove
where my hot, complaining children ended their warfare
to splash and bury each other in the sand
kindness took us to a movie
he would never otherwise want to see
and fed us at restaurants he would never otherwise have gone
and then kindness walked my errant dog with me
and i told him
i'm so glad i don't have to be the man for once i'm not very good at it
and he said why should i be
my shoulders fell back down
and my eyes, for a few days
didn't feel like they were filled with sand
i didn't even notice
the hollow sound in my maybe-very-last designer purse
(even though it was from tj maxx)
as the coins rattled around

but kindness i am still scratched and empty
in such disrepair
even your landscaping fingers
cannot rebuild my ruined garden


  1. Kindness can heal if given the chance.
    Love ya.

  2. Hmm, I once met this client at her house who basically told me, "I want to rip out this entire garden. It has been neglected for a long time to the point that it is ruined". But after studying the garden for a long while I said, "No, this garden isn't ruined. The soil is really good soil. Some of the plants are a little overgrown but they are beautiful and rare. They just need a little pruning. And yes, there are weeds, but they can be removed, carefully and by hand. It will just take time". She saw a ruined garden, but I saw possibilities. She saw a garden that couldn't be saved. I saw one that could be rehabilitated. I believe that all gardens can and all take work just maybe some more than others. Is it worth it, in the end, to work harder to rehabilitate a garden than to start a new one? It is when there are so many lovely things there underneath to work with.
    Well, my client wasn't convinced at first. After all, it was her garden and she would be responsible for it. And so I tried again. In the end...