Friday, May 21, 2010

Gardener's Prayer


Spring 2010, originally uploaded by Kara Paulk.

O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day,

Say from about midnight until three o'clock in the morning,

But, You see, it must be gentle and warm so that it can soak in;

Grant that at the same time it would not rain on

campion, alyssum, helianthus, lavendar, and others which

You in Your infinite wisdom know are drought-loving plants

I will write their names on a bit of paper if you like-

And grant that the sun may shine the whole day long,

But not everywhere (not, for instance, on the gentian, plantain lily, and rhododendron)

and not too much;

That there may be plenty of dew and little wind,

enough worms, no lice and snails, or mildew,

and that once a week thin liquid manure and guano

may fall from heaven. Amen.

By: Karel Copek, 1929

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