Garden Love Poem

from by Jill Battson

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Garden Love Poem

In the garden my heart relaxes its beat
in the chlorophyll idyll haze
of verdant tones, yellow to blue
the earth, dark after summer rains,
is a pure sifted canvas
a dark warm incubator
for sturdy points of onions
wet sparkle of young leaves
here is where I breathe satisfaction
hard work a tangible reward
I pluck invaders
my hands are a fine line map of soil and juice
I kneel at the edge of rows
surrounded and comforted by plants
who hide their bounty under leaves
and beneath soil
or flaunt it in the heat of the sun
I thrill when a single green trail shifts earth
straight rows of variant heights
luxuriant vegetation overflow
morning reflection is a walk through dew
and I exhale green.


from gratitude songs, released June 17, 2013



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Jill Battson Toronto, Ontario

Jill Battson is an interdisciplinary poet. She has written several plays as well as the libretti for two operas and produced an electro acoustic sound art project. Dark Star Requiem, for which she wrote the libretto, premiered at Toronto’s Luminato Festival in 2010 and was published in book form. Her new collection, The Ecstatic Torture of Gratitude, was recently published by Guernica Editions ... more

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