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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

All gentleness

[posted by risa]
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Rhymes to hang in Bertha's Barn

May you have a good sowing
And a gallant crop;
May your weeds never begin,
Your flowers never stop;

May your radishes be bright,
Your new potatoes succulent,
Your leeks all gentleness,
Your roses truculent;

May your gourds be generous,
Your berries luscious;
All pallor your turnips,
And your beets all blushes;

Your clover emerald,
Your lilac pearly;
Your late apples sweet,
And your sweet corn early.

Marie de L. Welch

--from A Sense of Humus, Bertha Damon, 1943.

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