There was some lying in the long grass
but there was also an awful lot of
The Retirement Home garden consists chiefly
of parched brown earth
and rocks and stones,
all of which have to be smoothed away
in time for the arrival of the turf.
Luckily there is always the chance that the rake will turn up
a clay pipe, an old bottle, a button or some shards
of blue and white.
I find it quite therapeutic.
And when it gets too hot to be therapeutic
I go inside and eat cherries.
Tinker, tailor, soldier, raker,
rich man, poor man, beggar man,