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Poem by Ellis Parker Butler


An Old-Fashioned Garden


Strange, is it not? She was making her garden,
  Planting the old-fashioned flowers that day
Bleeding-hearts tender and bachelors-buttons
  Spreading the seeds in the old-fashioned way.

Just in the old fashioned way, too, our quarrel
  Grew until, angrily, she set me free
Planting, indeed, bleeding hearts for the two of us,
  Ordaining bachelors buttons for me.

Envoi

Strange, was it not? But seeds planted in anger
  Sour in the earth and, ere long, a decay
Withered the bleeding hearts, blighted the buttons,
  Andwe were wedin the old-fashioned way.



Ellis Parker Butler


Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. New England Magazine
  2. The Rich Boys Christmas
  3. Why I Went to the Foot
  4. Cupid Caught Napping
  5. The Final Tax


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