The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt... You Call

Despite this week’s cold snap, we have all been outside thinking about our gardens, worrying about those fruit trees, and glancing at the tangled hose half buried under the brown leaves out back.  Welcome to spring!  “Avoid bunnies,” adds the poet.

Merimee Moffitt lives in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill.

You Call (for Ness)

Excited to grow something
from soil and seed, your voice pleads
to see snap dragons multiply and
tomato seeds divide to feed the
multitudes you and your child

You call and ask regarding technique
how to? from a hard-scrabble patch to edible
lush, to a portable gurgling mess
tangled greens can’t be so bad, I want them
you insist. Foliage???
desert-defying rebellious roots
succulent zukes, cukes
volunteer melons, how to?

I mother you toward shovel and gloves
a big hat half the endeavor
add water, a little, contained, restrained
forget for a while what hasn’t succeeded
what didn’t survive
snip chives and chard, graze on peas
spinach right from your yard

rows or patches, squares, pots with holes
on wheels or wagons, bottomless boxes
a riot of flowers even trees might thrive
They will remind you to water at least once
in a while, please, lots, at first, a terrible thirst
when transplanted, shocked, just birthed
heed not drought, consider the shade
no wasting sun or time shining on
Be the Goddess
in your tiny queen-dom paradise

not so much at once, think: workable, combed
manicured, top soiled and mulched
a trip to the nursery enflames the
desire: the goods? to eat, munch
savor crunch blend or juice live food

Beware: backyard farmers begin to want a chickens
hens give easy for a family of three, a coop
maybe next year
watch the water, watch it fulfill and
flower to delight you and your daughter

ps Avoid bunnies. Remember Peter Rabbit?

Poetry submissions are welcome.  Email

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Comment by Margaret Randall on March 24, 2013 at 8:31am

The perfect poem to put us all back in a good mood after getting up this morning to another freezing day! Merimee, you are a master of the evocative image with lots behind it. Thank you!

Comment by Izquierdo on March 24, 2013 at 10:02am

My favorite subject matter, and said so well. Lighthearted, even comic. Thanks. i'm going to uncover  the watering hose now, water the whitening ornamental pears.No Peter Rabbit nearby, only gophers. 

Comment by Dee Cohen on March 24, 2013 at 11:13am

Poetry and gardens -two more of Merimee's gifts.

Comment by JeSais on March 24, 2013 at 5:04pm

"forget for a while what hasn’t succeeded
what didn’t survive"

GREAT line, great advice!

Comment by JeSais on March 24, 2013 at 5:04pm

PS: great photo and nice plug for :-)

Comment by Teresa Gallion on March 24, 2013 at 7:15pm

Nice piece Merimee, love the imagery.  Get us in the mood for the rebirth of Spring.

Comment by Merimee Moffitt on June 1, 2013 at 10:02pm

Thank you all--how are your gardens doing?  crazy weather, lets all wash windows--an age old rain prayer.  Please Goddesses, monsoon us, pretty please.


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