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I'm out here planting potatoes.... A Poem

Updated on February 16, 2015
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Demas is the father of five and "Grampa" for 17 along with freelancing, editing, publishing such books as his latest "Haiku American Style."

The makings of a garden....

Plant first, water, weed, weed, weed, and with sun, good seed will produce.
Plant first, water, weed, weed, weed, and with sun, good seed will produce. | Source


I’m out here planting potatoes

Row upon row.

I’m out here hoping those ‘taters

Will grow and grow, and grow.


There’ll come a day next fall,

When slowly, carefully too,

I’ll uncover their children, one and all

To see what the water and sun did do.


I’m out here in the garden.

Planting carrots, spinach, peas.

The sun still northward headed.

Using plant food just to tease.


The vines of cukes and melons,

Some squashes, beans, and such,

Will tempt the passing felons,

Who really shouldn’t touch.


Those rows, and rows of produce,

Will meet the family’s needs.

If water and sun can seduce

The instincts of their seeds.


Another year with my partner

Who looks down from above,

And blesses my glistening sweat drops

With symbols of His love.

_______

© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your poem makes me want to go out and plant a garden.

      Sometimes all it takes is a little motivation. Thank you :)

      Up and awesome.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Good poem. Voted up.

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      glmclendon 5 years ago

      I thought it was cute and I liked your writing. I wish I had the green hand but I don't and it makes me grateful for Publixes.

      Stay Well

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Just Ask Susan: I hope the motivation was sufficient! Tell me what you planted.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      writer20: You are a faithful Hubber. I know your husband was blest.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      glmclendon: Thanks for reading and thinking, and the good wish. You too!

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Just love this poem because I dug up my garden two days ago and planted seeds that I hope grow successfully.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      flashmakeit: If you had a successful garden last year, I will bet it will be even better this year due to what you have learned, though I am beginning to realize that any garden is a lot of work, and my enthusiasm for starting it all again is also beginning...to wane.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Your poem gave me a different and lovely way to consider my garden!! Thank you.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      picklesandrufus: Global Warming is doing the same thing to me, as I consider my own garden...and the heat. 92 F. here yesterday (and that's just the air temperature, not the temperature of my head and back with the (May?) sun beating down!

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      Clara Kish 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hi, I enjoyed your poem very much and it made me think of the gardens we used to have , but those days are gone now my husband is gone now so all of our vegetables come from the grocery store,and it is really not the same, nothing like having your own fresh vegetables when you want them.Hope you have a wonderful crop this year, Clara

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      clara kish: I'll bet a good neighbor, even a Hubber in your neighborhood, will have some corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans they will be happy to share with you. Any volunteers? Thanks for the read and good wishes.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      How lovely, especially the last few lines. Blessings to you as well!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ChristyWrites: The best part? I finished planting the potatoes for 2012 today! Tonight is the time for planting 50 strawberry plants, and then the Tiger Balm~

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Oooh fresh strawberries, how wonderful!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ChristyWrites: A high fiber fruit, too, and useful raw, cooked, and preserved.

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      rdsparrowriter 5 years ago

      Wow ! very interesting :) Thanks for sharing :)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      rdsparrowriter : A wow and an interesting, I will settle for that! Thanks for another read.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Such a lovely poem. It made me smile. The fact that potatoes are my favorite food might have something to do with that!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Crystal Tatum: Then you probably know that potatoes are the one vegetable we can cook and not destroy the Vitamin C. On my grandmother's farm we had potatoes as a part of all three meals of the day. In our home we mix the meals using rice, potatoes, and pasta as staples. I'm down to 175 after going off sugar and fats. That is 30 pounds lighter than I was not that long ago, and I feel better, too (of course.) Natural sugars (and potatoes have them, too) are still on the list from fruits and wise choice foods.

      I am glad you enjoyed the poem and that it brought a smile.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      You will reap a bountiful harvest from all of your hard work. This is wonderful. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This was lovely--I think about my dad sometimes when I am out in my garden--this poem brought back his face--

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I am back into gardening again for the 2015 crops we will enjoy. I recently enjoyed billybuc's gardening offerings and recommend them. Thanks FR and AH for reading and commenting.

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