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The Gardener
Author: Mark Spencer

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Devoted is the gardener
Who makes the flowers grow
She tills the Earth and plants the seed
And nurtures what she sows

She cultivates the naked earth
And tills it in her hand
The blossoms that her work brings fourth
Will decorate the land

She labors each and every day
From dawn 'til setting sun
The gardener is vigilant
Her work is never done

She's one of nature's instruments
A planter of the seed
A prophet of divine intent
A disappearing breed

Though her hands are worn and calloused
She has no time for rest
She is part of something greater
Her labors have been blessed

And when her earthly toils are done
She'll rest beneath the sod
Then awake in a new garden
Prepared for her by God

------- Author's Notes -------

This is dedicated to my Grandmother, Beatrice Spencer - 1909-2003. She is always in my heart. Her gardens were always colorful, and beautifully maintained. She was a marvel, and the world is a far less vibrant place without her.

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Mark Spencer (205.188.209.107) -- Wednesday, March 12 2003, 12:51 am

Dedicated to...

This poem is dedicated to Beatrice Spencer, my grandmother. She will be 95 next month. I love you Gram.

Mark
Lori Ann Day (198.81.26.166) -- Saturday, March 15 2003, 10:51 am

She is Beautiful!

This is a beautiful poem! It reminds me of my grandmother Ba-ba which in Croation means "Mother of mothers" who was out in her garden all the time. She grew all kinds of fruits and vegetables, and had a row of tall sunflowers. She grew the biggest, most colourful flowers I had ever seen, and she lived until she was 102. Your grandmother sounds beautiful. God bless her! It's great to see people still in touch with the earth.
 
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