Teenager with Veg­eta­bles

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND LIFESTYLE - By Alan Mathews, Goul­burn Val­ley Writ­ers’ Group

Per­sis­tence Ånally won her the plot. With four­teen-year-old author­ity she di­rected the re­moval of a saw­bench, old wood, pas­palum, and the Årst break­ing of ground. Where there was none be­fore, a fam­ily in­ter­est in veg­eta­bles sprang — crop types, fer­tilis­ers, seeds. (Amused, I saw them choked with weeds!) But a dark quilt was spread, with­out wrin­kle, soon stitched morn­ings edged her with gold, the hose a stream of light on jew­elled plants, while Mother Dark­ness of­ten found her hoe­ing, weed­ing or stak­ing and sent her in to home­work. She con­ferred with wrin­kled grand­fa­thers, shone with won­der at sprout­ing seeds, raced with news of Årst fruits. She called her pump­kins by name. The cir­cling sun smiled and the old earth warmed to her love. Plants grew in pro­fu­sion And rubbed her legs like kit­tens As she moved among them. The gave them­selves gladly. One evening she said: “Don’t you think this gar­den’s like me?”

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