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Poetry | A Girl's Garden Poem by Robert Frost

Updated on November 11, 2011

Researching Dahlia's On The Internet

We are nearing the end of October, some leaves fall, but most still cling to the trees. The hydrangeas, fruit trees, hedges and the abundant brightly colored dahlias catch my eye. One plant in front of my front step crawls along the mondo grass, a type of liriape. Since no stakes hold her up, she sprawls and spreads her foliage, with the heavy blooms cushioned on top of the dark forest greenery.

Thus, began my arduous search for a dahlia poem to tell my grandchild. Hours of work and nothing to show for it. Had all the great classical poets simply forgotten to mention the lovely 50,000 varieties of multiple shapes, sizes and single and two-toned colored flowers?

Instead, I learned some history of the plant, how it traveled from Mexico to Europe and who first gave this flower a name. You can easily find information about caring for the plant from the designated dahlia organizations. An an unsolved Hollywood murder case of a young lady from Massachusetts carries her name in black. And the dahlia is the official flower of Seattle, Washington.

  • HISTORY | In my hours of internet research about these gorgeous plants, I hardly turned up any poems. However, we learn some history of the garden darling that was named for the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl (1751 -1789). Dahlia's are hybrids in the Asteraceae family that come in many color tones and varieties.
  • CARE OF PLANT | They are beautiful when cut and put in a vase or a bowl of water. Even now nearing November mine are still in full bloom. Snap the flower head and place in a bowl of water, it will last for a week or more in full color.
  • LEGEND | Beth Short known as The Black Colored Dahlia | Hollywood’s most famous unsolved case occurred in January of 1947 when this young 22 year old from Massachusetts on her way to stardom in Hollywood was mysteriously murdered. She dressed in black, wore geisha-girl makeup and wore a flower in her hair. Friends called her "The Black Dahlia" after a 1946 movie entitled, “The Blue Dahlia” featuring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.

Still, I turned up nothing, but instead found another gem of a poem by Robert Frost. In fact, as I prepared this blog, I found the poem set to music and performed widely in high school and college girl's choirs. Who knew?

Thus, you will first read an original poem from all the meanderings, and then the reading for tonight.

These amazing flowers bloom again and again each year. They die down, hiding beneath the ground.
These amazing flowers bloom again and again each year. They die down, hiding beneath the ground. | Source
The dahlia sit on top of mondo grass, with many peeking new shoots up to the sun.
The dahlia sit on top of mondo grass, with many peeking new shoots up to the sun.

Dahlia's Lament

Inspiration's roots spring forth from our need to share

while the autumn season's white clouds pass along in the air.


One little poem flashes her firefly light

another trails on and on, but it's just not right.


Blake so ghoulish, who'd speak to children glum
in those heartfelt somber love tones that he'd begun?


Though, he speaks the truth from careful listening

to weeds and thorny plants with morning dew a'glistening.


Yet, dahlia poems hours arduously ferreting

bring none of her softly pointed leaves to delight with meriting.


Unearthing no such garden flowers, that's my plight

With splendor's eye, I must compose my own dahlia poesy tonight!


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Day Three Reading To Grandchildren

A Girl's Garden by Robert Frost


A NEIGHBOR of mine in the village

Likes to tell how one spring

When she was a girl on the farm,

she did a childlike thing.


One day she asked her father

To give her a garden plot

To plant and tend and reap herself,

And he said, "Why not?"


In casting about for a corner

He thought of an idle bit

Of walled-off ground where a shop had stood,

And he said, "Just it."


And he said, "That ought to make you

An ideal one-girl farm,

And give you a chance to put some strength

On your slim-jim arm."


It was not enough of a garden,

Her father said, to plough;

So she had to work it all by hand,

But she don't mind now.


She wheeled the dung in the wheelbarrow

Along a stretch of road;

But she always ran away and left

Her not-nice load.


And hid from anyone passing.

And then she begged the seed.

She says she thinks she planted one

Of all things but weed.


A hill each of potatoes,

Radishes, lettuce, peas,

Tomatoes, beets, beans, pumpkins, corn,

And even fruit trees


And yes, she has long mistrusted

That a cider apple tree

In bearing there to-day is hers,

Or at least may be.


Her crop was a miscellany

When all was said and done,

A little bit of everything,

A great deal of none.


Now when she sees in the village

How village things go,

Just when it seems to come in right,

She says, "I know!


It's as when I was a farmer--"

Oh, never by way of advice!

And she never sins by telling the tale

To the same person twice.

Incredibly HUGE pumpkin in the neighbor's yard for Halloween contrasting against the one of the stoop.
Incredibly HUGE pumpkin in the neighbor's yard for Halloween contrasting against the one of the stoop. | Source

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    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Frank ~ I'm blushing now. Thanks so much. I am going to try my hand at some simpler hubs, since these take so many hours to create. Blessings, Debby

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      again your Hubs not only open eyes..but educate.. I am not a big Frost reader or fan.. but I appreciate his work and efforts and I also appreciate the hard work you put into every Hub.. you are simply amazing :)

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Hi Derdriu ~ Is it not shocking that no one has thought enough of the dahlia to set it apart in a poem. Is it not as beautiful as the rose, 'a flower I shall never see as lovely, as thee?" These colorful beauties amass in abundance and retain their bloom for an ever so long time. Each a special blend, some single, others two or even three tones. The variety challenges us to stay in awe of the creator. Love, Debby

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      Derdriu 

      6 years ago

      Debby Bruck: It is always interesting to explore the cultural, geographical and historical legacies which accompany the allure and genetics of plants. It is disappointing that there is no readily available poem about dalias. But at the same time, would we readers have benefited from your charming, wise poem?

      Thank you for sharing your plants and your thoughts!

      Voted up, and all categories too,

      Derdriu

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for your vote of confidence and appreciation, for you know what it means to write yet another Hub! Hugs, Debby

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      Hello, hello, 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      That was wonderful Debby. Thank you for the pleasure.

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