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All the Wonders

  • betharichardson

A Clematis Love Story

For ten years

I had broadcast love

To the purple clematis

Climbing the mailbox

At Ace, the bird dog's house.

I watched for it to sprout,

To grow, to bloom.

I took pictures of its beauty.

Then I realized

That I could plant my own clematis.

The first plant

Went in the ground

Late in the year

And was over-mulched.

The next spring.

The second plant

Never got put into the ground

And died in its pot

Over the winter.

And now, finally,

There is a beautiful, purple clematis

In my garden

To which I can broadcast love,

And tend and watch,

Photograph and share.

Clematis mystery,

Clematis beauty,

Clematis love.

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