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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 2, June 2016

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Kathe L. Palka
Flemington, New Jersey, USA


Among the Wild Roses

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.

—Alfred Austin

In 1943, a city girl of sixteen when she married and moved to the farm, Mom learned to cook and clean, garden, can, preserve and persevere—to be a farmer’s wife. Dad planted roses along the driveway for her as well as poppies, irises and peonies around the house. The house-beds they managed to keep up with. But the roses grew weedy and overgrown into a hedgerow of mostly common multiflora. As a young child I would hunt to find the occasional cultivated bloom to bring her.

house wren’s nest
birdsong from a hanging pot
fills the gazebo

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