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Posted: July 20th. 2004 6:02:03 PM
In the Garden, Man to Man...
by Thomas Harris
Age Group: Adult
I recall that we've known each other
Nigh onto three decades now
And somehow once we drifted apart
Our lives continued to walk side by side
In spiritual kinship.....
And now outside the back door
There grows a garden in clay pots
Of tender plantings and fragile stems
Not something easily tended
But something lovingly watched o'er
In the hours when I am sure that all
I have ever known is left somewhere
Other than here. You've planted these.
And when you move away
These plantings fall to me to tend
Until I see your face again, my friend,
So these tender stems are become
A loving extension of you.
How is it that the same one
That when you were five
Took up a hoe and helped your mom
'Weed' the garden as best you could
And she swore she'd never plant again
When she saw how you hacked the tomatoes
In the rocky ground and said "See?
I helped you cut the weeds, Mommy"
Well, that garden is still around,
This time planted in different soil
By your hands, and now I weed for you.
Or at least I hope that was a weed in the mint.
And somehow the soil in the garden of pots,
Man to man, beneath our fingernails,
Is the same soil that is spread
Eight hundred miles beneath our feet.
O, tell me something about this garden:
Was it planted in love of magick?
For we Fey are wont of magick and lore....
And the soil that is the birthgiver
Is the holder of the Mother's bones
And it is she that affirms us from birth.
When none else would hear us, She did,
And she comforted us.
When we first explored the tender touch,
She held us in Her arms.
And now, when things are tense and worrisome,
She pulls us together, unfinished, we know.
That is the word you used
Man to man in the garden of pots...
And said that it didn't seem right
That we should meet again after so long a time
And then you shoulud move fast away
I agree, it didn't seem right,
And you said that it seemed incomplete...
Man to man, in this garden of pots,
The Great Mother was witness
Between two gay friends
Who She brought back together.
In one place, and yet calling another place
Author's Location: Seminole, Oklahoma
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