In the Victory Garden on the
Fenway, defeat and decay;
it's already late October,
the first cold autumn day.

The gardeners stand around
helpless, looking very old,
like bystanders at a fire,
shuffling in the cold.

They stand around watching
the ruins of what they sowed,
as winter comes collecting
on what the spring had owed.

Distrust all that's simple,
the full story is told
in the garden on the Fenway,
in the late October cold.

October 21, 1990

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