Leo’s Z to A Challenge: “Yesterday, You…”


I’m submitting this poem to Leo’s Z to A: http://leonnyes.wordpress.com/  For today’s theme, based on the letter “Y” I’ve chosen “Yesterday, You…”

Yesterday, side-by-side
you and I toiled in our garden.
You piled leaves in rows,
(mounds of leaves like tombs
of Chinese Emperors.)

You watched me prune
the ravished peonies,
(leaves gnawed into lacy filigree
by a band of determined earwigs.)

I cut the canes into small pieces
that wouldn’t pierce the plastic bag.
Yesterday you culled the fruit,
(tomatoes that survived the frost)

Yesterday, when darkness folded in
upon the day and left our garden empty
You said Goodbye, said Good things
cannot last forever.

You closed the door behind you
when you abandoned us. Yesterday.

Just a disclaimer: David and I did garden yesterday…but he’s still very much here. Getting ready to go golfing before it gets any colder.

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10 thoughts on “Leo’s Z to A Challenge: “Yesterday, You…”

  1. Nanka says:

    Yesterday once more….if it is David and you with happy gardening memories and golfing…may yesterday come again and again!! 🙂

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  2. Rumya says:

    Memories, memories and more memorable memories!! Beautiful ones too!! 🙂

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  3. ladynimue says:

    loved how you unfolded the memories around the task of gardening .. and the parallel you create of goodbyes ! brilliant 🙂

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  4. shalmalee says:

    Wonderful poem and what a picture!

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  5. vivinfrance says:

    Whew, I’m glad you put the story right for us! Lovely seasonal poem.
    ViV

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  6. Luke Prater says:

    ‘the ravoshed peonies’ – great line

    enjoyed yr poem, Victoria

    See you on the Board, no doubt

    Luke x

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  7. souldipper says:

    I loved the images you portrayed in your poem – and thank you for clarifying that you are only a golf widow!! 🙂

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  8. memories can be powerful, Victoria.. interesting take on gardening the previous day 🙂

    PS: its ok.. I deleted the Y which was there in the Z 😀

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