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Plant a Garden poem

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Plant a Garden

by Edgar Albert Guest

If your purse no longer bulges
  and you've lost your golden treasure,
If at times you think you're lonely
  and have hungry grown for pleasure,
Don't sit by your hearth and grumble,
  don't let mind and spirit harden.
If it's thrills of joy you wish for
  get to work and plant a garden!

If it's drama that you sigh for,
  plant a garden and you'll get it
You will know the thrill of battle
  fighting foes that will beset it
If you long for entertainment and
  for pageantry most glowing,
Plant a garden and this summer spend
  your time with green things growing.

If it's comradeship you sight for,
  learn the fellowship of daisies.
You will come to know your neighbor
  by the blossoms that he raises;
If you'd get away from boredom
  and find new delights to look for,
Learn the joy of budding pansies
  which you've kept a special nook for.

If you ever think of dying
  and you fear to wake tomorrow
Plant a garden! It will cure you
  of your melancholy sorrow
Once you've learned to know peonies,
  petunias, and roses,
You will find every morning
  some new happiness discloses.

 

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