Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I Stopped by the Garden Today

I stopped by the garden today
Her summer-chatter spent
Save for a tattered, scattered fray
To prove she came and went

I stopped by the walnut tree
Her lacy crooning swoon
Weeps in bronze leaf-note rhapsody
Beneath October’s noon

In spite of greedy clocks, I stopped
To sail the leaf-lorn sea
Before another season locks
Its vault and keeps the key

I stopped where the flowers fell
I stopped where hours flew
I stopped beside the blue bloom-bell
To hear its knell, adieu 

Yes, I stopped by the garden today
There wasn’t much to do
But wonder at Time’s tender way
And plant a tear or two

© Janet Martin


  1. Thank-you Jen. I just finished pulling out those corn-stalks and i feel a little like a wilted stalk. My 'helper' got a text from a buddy soon after we started, asking if he could please go golfing with him. They've been talking about it all summer and i didn't have the heart to say 'no'. Well. it's done now except for loading up the piles and hauling them away so there's still ample opportunity to help:)

  2. Lovely. I wish I had some corn stalks to decorate with.

  3. oh, i would love to share;)

    I put a huge pile out to the end of the driveway last week with a FREE sign, but the traffic goes by here so fast. No one stopped or perhaps even noticed.


Thank you for your visit to this porch. I'd love to hear if or how this post/poem touched you!