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The Surrogate Gardener

by Laura Manley  
6/17/2009 / Poetry

With body bent,
she shuffled slowly
to the shed,
leaving the door ajar

for light in her search.
He had been the gardener
until the Lord called him Home -
now it was up to her.

Not knowing where to look,
her search seemed futile -
but, in the corner of her eye,
she spotted

the old rusted tools -
his only tools for gardening;
a three-pronged fork
and an iron-shaped tool -

both with handles.
Guessed he had used
them to plant the garden -
she'd taken no-never-mind

to them before -
didn't think she'd
ever be the gardener,
but now guessed that

was what she got for thinking.

She knew not to disturb the rust -
he'd always told her,
"the more rust, the better!"

So with tools in hand
and tears in her heart,
she set out to plant the garden
with him in mind.

I am a 66-year young Christian writer whose desire is to make a positive difference in people's lives through my writing. My purpose is to show people the love of Jesus Christ. I have four wonderful children (two natural/two step) and seven beautiful grandchildren.

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