STATUS OF THE GARDEN AT THE END OF OCTOBER
The last carrots pulled and cleaned.
Corn stalks cut and laid aside.
We’ll use them as decorations.
The stunted remains of beans,
tossed into the compost with the weeds.
The okra still grows, flowers drawing
every ounce of warmth from the sun,
pods lengthened in the humidity
that returned earlier in the week.
Most grew too long. Only one
was tender enough to eat.
There are a few tomatoes
left on the vine. I’ll leave
them to ripen, and if they don’t,
we’ll slice and fry them.
The marigolds are still alive,
and since there are no insects
to repel, we enjoy them
simply for their colors.
Dad, there’s still two months
of autumn left—still some
growing days ahead.
Still time to prepare for winter
and plan for next year’s crop.