In the shelter of the hedge,
other life thrives:
English ivy, honeysuckle, grape,
and vines I cannot name.
Whole trees shoot up —
mulberry, maple, and mimosa.
Birds nest above; voles cavort below.
I’m up on a ladder, cutting everything back.
And you, good Lord, what are you up to?



Photo of my buddy the catbird in front of the hedge. Originally published in 2011.

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