For Marilyn…

It’s time to listen now,
And not to interrupt,
Or wait to speak our piece,
The moment theirs is done.
It’s time to listen now,
And learn just who they are,
And what is that they believe,
And then what they will leave us with.
It’s time to know their life,
And learn what they will leave us with.
It’s time to listen fully now,
Because they will be gone.
And every one of them,
Every single one of them,
Has the greatest gift to offer us.
If only we would listen now,
Before their day is done.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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