As a seed you chose me
With care you mixed the soil
With your hands you planted me
You tending me into a seedling, till time to plant me in just the right spot
Feed the soil, my micro kingdom flourishes for my well being
As a start and others sown
Through the season you watered me my dear Intern
Prune back, steak up, trellis or cage
Fertilize, thin out, stir up, and weed all for this one seed
All to see what something so small can achieve
Can you believe I know you are there?
The ones who for moments cast shadows as you work here and there
But you always bring gifts of water, and make sure the sun could reach me.
I grow my fruit, some have vegis or leaf or savory stem
You lightin the load of my efforts
Keep away decay, and shoo off pests of all sorts
Rescue me from being a host, even worse a meal
Will you talk to me and say how colorful and wonderful my smells and flavors are to you?
When I’m done and the weather makes me wither,
I wish to be composted as to not truly end
We will re-begin again next year
Will you remember our time?
Will you plan and dream under white blanketed roofs to meet my descendants as you did me?
The soil will let them know I was here
And how great you made my time at Bounty Garden
No spoken words
…and even being unlike species…
We did share moments in time
We nurtured each other
And others with the will of life
So goodbye and thank you
We both agree it was a great season of learning many wonderful things
A poem by Mandisa Martinez – Bounty Garden intern 2017