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June: Summer's Lament

While Kip toils away in the garden, C.B. offers up a summer poem
by Kip Anderson

Kip says he's busy. Given the time of year, I can't imagine why. Perhaps he's out cleaning the swimming pool, or maybe he's planning his next vacation. Well, I'm busy too, as you can see—busy annoying you with another poem when you should probably be doing... something else. What that might be, I have no idea.


And now that summer's here,
Perhaps I'll have some time
To think about mistakes
I made last spring. I'll drink
A glass of lemonade
(Iced tea, perhaps?) and wish
My grand ambitions had
Remained an idle dream.

But no, I had to go
And plant a border packed
With every blooming kind
Of rank perennial
The catalogs described
As gems no gardener wants
To be without. On top
Of that, I planted out

A few impressive beds
Of annuals I paid
A pretty penny for,
Ensuring color through
The summer and, what's more,
With all the cleaning up
And cutting back to come,
A very busy fall.

—C. B. Anderson

(And who gave him permission to get on the computer? —Kip Anderson)

Kip Anderson has been the Victory Garden's head gardener for over 20 years.

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Published August 31, 2007