This is a favorite old poem that represents an important part of my story.  It’s about the first summer after a health crisis – almost 20 years ago.  I hope it encourages someone, Ellen


life comes faster
than it can be lived

One year
grows into another
and another into

Still another
and the crowded
soul cries out.

Time is taken
but not given
to new poems yet . . .

The overgrown
garden needs
weeding and pruning

Still another
cold night
on the horizon.

Then by His mercy
another summer
is given . . .

Butterflies and
hummingbirds find
the renewed garden

And geraniums
kept alive in winter
bloom outside again.

Published first in Time Of Singing (1994).