Sometimes when there is a tragedy in a far-off place, the only thing one can do is perform symbolic gestures. My family had ties to Ukraine until they fled violence 200 years ago. Today people continue flee. Since the invasion of Ukraine, I find solace in drawing, writing, and mending forgotten tears with a needle and thread.
This is my alternative news outlet lately…
The Garden Gazette
Off with the news
out to the garden
plenty of good tidings to report there
The red of ripe tomatoes
peeking from a tangle of foliage
zucchini lurking like green submarines
below the surface of splaying leaves
a raspberry to pluck here and there
the green beans are longer than yesterday
maybe tomorrow for dinner?
dangling cucumbers play hide and seek
eluding my grasp
the sunflowers have opened their cheery faces
to the delight of probing bumblebees
the eggplants are ready to pick!
This is a better way to begin one’s day
in the company of bees
to the whirr of hummingbird’s wings
to the gifts of my labors
the earth brings forth