Harv & Ester slip quietly through the garden gate.
No human ever guesses just what happens there,
while the harvest they await.
The Keepers of the Gardens begin to sweat and toil,
Harv whispers to the tomatoes,
while Ester begs worms to turn the soil.
Their glove-less hands gently touch the roots;
they so love to feel the warmth of the earth,
they’ve even kicked off their little boots!
Their nostrils fill with the sweet scent of earth,
the folded vegetation sings “thank you!”,
as they slowly begin their birth.
Oh, Harv & Ester love the vegetables, each and every one,
they love the carrots and lettuce and juicy watermelon.
They even love the pesky ones we know as weeds;
they encourage them to grow;
it makes the humans visit the garden daily—
and the veggies love these visits, as Harv & Ester know.
They encourage and enchant,
all things to surface through the earth,
for these humans must be shown,
just what Mother Nature’s bounty can be worth.
So, up come weeds and rocks and bugs,
that make the humans grumble;
they must learn to love everything of earth…
be it ever so pesky or humble.
Many rewards are granted the humans,
with help from the loving pair;
food in abundance and tranquility,
from the garden in their care.
copyright 2013 Patti Hall
This is one of the Keeper stories from a work-in-progress book.