Watermelon Vine / by Laura M Kaminski
in memory of my father, Jerrell H Mathison
I planted watermelons in the garden
along the path where once my father
walked, content and curious, sampling
the growing greens and spicy peppers.
Now vines trail through every patch
and plot, touch fence-wires, investigate
tomatoes, marigolds, green onions, extend
tendrils, browsing as they journey.
In the morning mist, the wide leaves
stretch like fingered hands, palms cupped
to catch the raindrops. Blossoms take
their colors straight from the inks of dawn.
I sit among them holding up the last unplanted seed,
shiny black and oval, try to see in it the stencil
for the vine, try to see in the daughter
something patterned like the father.
–Laura M Kaminski
(This poem is also included in the collection last penny the sun.)
very kewl 🙂
Thanks, and thanks for stopping by!
I love this, Laura. A wonderful tribute to your father. I could picture the garden patch, the plantings and his hands in the earth. Lovely writing.
Thanks, Kim. By the way, I love the moon photo you posted yesterday.
Oh, thank you, Laura. Again, I can’t begin to tell you how much I was enraptured by your poem. I want to rise early tomorrow, to get out in my own ‘invisible’ vegetable garden!
Very nice, Laura. I loved the “inks of dawn” especially. Blessings, Natalie 🙂
Thank you, Natalie. Blessings!
Nice way to remember dad… Peace
Thanks. Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Peace.
Nicely done. This made me nostalgic for my dad, too. Beautiful imagery.
Thanks, Leah. I appreciate you taking the time to read this one. Blessings.
I think it is always amazing to observe the phenomenon of the huge coming out of the small, the tree from the seed, a person from a child. And there is always something, somewhere of that seed in the big vast tree.
Agreed, Dhyan. Thanks for reading…it’s always a delight when you stop by.
Very beautiful Laura.
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Thank you, Patty! Good to hear from you! ❤
Beautifully penned Laura, I loved the imagery it created in my mind 🙂
Thank you, Neha…so glad you enjoyed reading it. 🙂
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