For a Grandfather

zayde in chair smiling

My grandfather was a farmer.
The day before he died
he planted a garden
A garden that nourished his family
through the sunless season of mourning
far into the golden season of harvest.

My grandfather was a farmer.
Before he died
he planted a lifetime of seeds.
Diligently he planted honesty and

Inadvertently he planted gentleness and
Bounty enough to nourish me all the seasons of my life
far into the planting season of my child.

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