How many more years will I look out
on these Chinese Lanterns that grow
as wildly as bamboo? "Stop staring,
and help in the garden," my wife advises.
My wife loves massaging the earth
with her hands, announcing
that soon she'll have soil rich
as Lion's Head soup.
Even her orchids are happy
as if thriving on the slopes
of Tai Shan mountain, her hose's mist
rising high above Jing Shi Valley.
Bob Bradshaw lives in California, and hopes to retire to a hammock soon. He has many such ambitious plans. For now he passes the time listening to old Stones' records, and gathers moss. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org when he isn't napping.