Came Into Balance and Stayed There Forever

From the collection published in summer 2015, Catch Up With Summer.

Came Into Balance and Stayed There Forever

The white garage
has a row of red geraniums in pots
lined up along the side
beyond a welter of tools
several ladders
a stand of very healthy weeds
and a wheelbarrow.
It is plain
the owner of this garage
the old man I’ve seen walking around
likes to putter.
Here is perfection. The white garage breathes contentment.
The red geraniums bloom their hearts out
for the old man.
I would too.

"Geraniums". Oil pastel, from 2002 (?).

“Geraniums”. Oil pastel, from 2002 (?).

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14 thoughts on “Came Into Balance and Stayed There Forever

    • That makes me feel good. This poem is based on a man I saw and his garden and how I felt watching him. It is nice to think of it as part of a pattern of men, and their gardens, and contentment, I think.

    • Thank you. I love geraniums and have all my life. I have one I wintered over from last summer that’s doing great on my porch, the only one (flower, not porch!) I have this year, and I am happy it’s hanging in there.

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