Day 24 Betty

I’ll plant the dill
with bare hands

build a victory garden
with beets and carrots
for sugar

bury potatoes,
eyes hopeful
looking up

soil piled higher
than seems necessary,

pinch off the growth
to encourage

cucumbers will vine
through the stakes

in high Summer,
I’ll spice peaches
store them

in my basement
smelling of earth
and laundry starch

let the sunlight
golden rays
past the pickles

Day 24’s prompt is: we’d like to challenge you to write an elegy that has a hopefulness to it.

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