call it blackberry winter
as it does most years
clusters of pristine white blooms
arching canesthe sky clears,
swept aside by Arctic wind
to carry blighting frost.
progress toward Summers gift
fails, flees. So much is lost
unfolding leaf, tender bud,
seedlings turned black.
through the ruin, turns back.
Anderson lives on 20 acres at the end of a dead end road in
St. Clair County. She recently obtained her first Confederate
Rose plant and points with pride when it blooms, but as much as
she loves flowers, she is more famous as a "seed undertaker"
than gardener. She is more successful as a grandmother and wife
and mother, and to fill out her life, she works with her husband
in a nonprofit organization.