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Thoughts from an Austin Garden  -- September 2009


Last update -  September 18


September 18 - morning

Sorry that it has been a while since I have had something to add here... that is largely due to the fact that I have been preparing to put my home and garden up for sale. I will have more to say about that later, but in the short run I want to reassure you that this is a good thing for me at present. My greatest hope is that Possumhaw Hollow (my garden) finds a loving new owner / gardener. I do want to alert you to the fact that I will soon be having a moving sale that will include many garden related items (as well as some nice furniture and garden related books) so keep your eyes peeled for that announcement.


In Blackwater Woods - Mary Oliver
Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars
of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,
the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders
of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is
nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned
in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side
is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.


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