Tomato`Time

Paul Klee – Woman with Tomato 
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The spring garden
has all gone to seed
the garden boxes where
row`on`row of potatoes
greened and blossomed
where peas climbed
up the tall trellises

And the cauliflower
sheltered their heads
with elephant`ear leaves
beside the bolted spinach
beside the wilted lettuce
given up to the heat
of the summer sun

The empty boxes
sit soil`spent now
schoolyard sandboxes
children gone to holiday
the forgotten sweaters 
of pale leaf & vine
left behind to say

It’s tomato`time!

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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