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18 August 2013

Sunday Hymn - for Gardeners


All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small; 
all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all. 

But what we never mention, though gardeners know it is true, 
when he made the goodies, He made the baddies too.

All things spray and swattable, disasters great and small, 
all things paraquatable, the Lord God made them all.

The greenfly on the roses, the maggots in the peas, 
manure that fills our noses, He gave us all of these.

The fungus on the goose-gogs, the club root on the greens, 
the slugs that eat the lettuce, and chew the aubergines.

The drought that kills the fuchsias, the frost that nips the buds, 
the rain that drowns the seedlings, the blight that hits the spuds.

The midges and mosquitoes, the nettles and the weeds, 
the pigeons in the green stuff, the sparrows in the seeds.

The fly that gets the carrots, the wasp that eats the plums, 
how black the gardener’s outlook, though green may be his thumbs.

But still we gardeners labour midst vegetables and flowers, 
and pray what hits our neighbours will somehow bypass ours. 

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small; 
all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

9 comments:

Mel said...

*chuckling* I'll be humming and smiling for a while now!

Rae said...

Great post. Wish it wasn't so true:) I'm a struggling gardener.

Montanagirl said...

HaHa! That's a pretty cute bunch of lines, Val!

Brian Miller said...

smiles....from one creator to another....enjoyed this...if it was not pouring down i would probably be out there today...i have some garden work to do for sure...

Akelamalu said...

Great poem Valerie!

DeniseinVA said...

I love this poem Valerie, fantastic!

Ron said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Valerie, what a flawless poem!

Thanks for the Sunday morning, giggles, dear lady!

Have a beautiful day!

X

Valerie said...

Brian, I'm sorry to hear it's raining, just think you could be out enjoying yourself in the garden.


Pearl, thank you.

Ron, I hadn't seen the poem before... just had to blog it - especially on Sunday.

HermanTurnip said...

That was awesome! Had me smiling and laughing the whole time. Again, you toy with my emotions. Thanks!