Take Off the Gloves and Live

Gloves are not meant for garden work.

How can you feel the plants, the dirt, the wetness of the soil

with glove-protected hands?

Your hands must be stained, laced with tiny cuts from briars,

black with good garden dirt.

You need to feel the softness of a rose’s petals,

the coarse stems of unwanted weeds,

to really know a garden.

You need to feel things,

get dirty, dig in, feel the soil,

know the smell of earthworms

and the damp dark that brings the life.

About grannysu

storyteller, writer, poet, gardener, countrywoman
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