Sally Clark: The End of Summer Garden

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The End of Summer Garden

(by Sally Clark)

The end of summer garden
is wrinkled with weeds,
exhausted and fuzzy headed,

with Bermuda grass crawling
across overgrown paths and in between
the rows where nothing more will grow;

the harvest is over, the sun beats down,
even the rabbits pass by her blackberry vines
twisting through the barbed wires,

half whiskey barrels choked with dried-up tomatoes,
empty watermelons cracked open in the sun,
all her stories have been told and fed

to the next generation,
it?s time now to be shorn and tilled
back into the soil, brittle stemmed sunflowers,
wild onions raising timid tops into the autumn air.


Authors Notes: This poem first appeared in the Texas Poetry Calendar 2017, published by Dos Gatos Press in Austin, Texas, on the week of September 3rd – 9th. After a long, hot, Texas summer, you can feel like a used-up garden, ready for fall, ready for a rest in the soil where you are planted.


Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
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