• Plea for a Green Thumb

    by Rachel Cope

    How hard could it be to grow a strawberry?
    The vast fields in Watsonville grow thousands of them,
    but this gardener, broken in spirits, wants just one.
    A single strawberry without any dents or discoloration,
    no mold or mildew filling the center;
    no puncture holes from hungry bugs;
    no more infestations of pesky green aphids,
    And no more broken stems.

    All she’s asking for is one plump, red strawberry-
    something to boost her broken ego-
    something to show her that everything she touches does not always die-
    something to reassure this tired gardener that she is not a failure-
    just one strawberry.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 10, 2013

    Topics: Young Writers' Corner

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