Five plants in, her back gives out, an
Ill omen, given her age. This
Very thing, her father had predicted;
Even said: you will lose interest in
Planting, in harvesting, in putting up.
Lately she sees what he meant: politics
And global change have consumed her;
Now she sits much more, immobilized by
Things she can only warn of, not repair.
She feels some obligation to the young
In all countries, even of peoples she will
Never meet. Some tell her it's not
Her business if some foreign child drowns.
Even were that so, she would still feel it,
Rummage in her purse, send something.
Back in her garden, unfinished flats
And pots of spring greens wonder where she is.
Could she have died at last, that old thing,
Killed by her curiosity, and left their roots
Groping for water, circling round
In dark commercial soil? The
Very weeds miss her companionable warfare.
Even the birds and squirrels, not chased
She has let down; they lose their edge.
Out in the mailbox, seed catalogs pile up.
Under the house, leaks spring.
This is how it is. Life moves on.