THE VEGETABLE LADY
©1996 Mark Lewis All Rights Reserved
Vegetable Lady lives down our street.
flowers and gardens are always so neat.
the love of her plants is never discreet.
why she's the Vegetable Lady.
tall and she's pretty, with hair like a storm.
gardening clothes are all comfy and warm.
the dirt on her knees is always the norm,
the hard-working Vegetable Lady.
see her each morning on our way to school,
and weeding with her digging tool.
be in the garden seems always the rule,
the wonderful Vegetable Lady.
proof of her skill ’s in the baskets she brings,
with squash fit for emperors and cabbage for kings.
carrots and turnips and peppers on strings.
a treat from the Vegetable Lady.
day it was cloudy. I was cranky and cold.
sweater was droopy. My socks were too old.
from school past her garden on my bike I rolled.
I looked at the Vegetable Lady.
eyes were all shiny, her cheeks like a rose -
hat on her head and her glasses on nose.
I looked - and she looked. I was pale I suppose.
wrong?” asked the Vegetable Lady.
got off my bike and walked in through her gate
plopped down beside her not feeling too great.
a ball loosing air, I began to deflate,
I said to the Vegetable Lady.
I fell down … and all the kids laughed at me.
I messed up a test - Then a pop fly got past me.
whole ding-dong day has been one big catastrophe …
give up, Mrs. Vegetable Lady.”
she sat down beside me right there in the beans.
off my cheeks, wiped my tears on her jeans.
hugged me and whispered, “Life's tough so it seems.”
with me.” said the Vegetable Lady.
showed me her cucumbers, showed me her peas,
Swiss chard, watercress and fruit trees.
something in common amongst all of these.
you tell?” asked the Vegetable Lady.
of these things grows with sunlight and toil.
to help them to grow and to sprout and uncoil,
bit of manure ’s mixed into the soil.
stuff.” quoth the Vegetable Lady.
when in your life you feel clouds in your face.
you're down in the dumps, feeling blue like this case.
it feels like manure ‘s all over the place.
of this.” said the Vegetable Lady.
thing to remember when you're feeling low,
bad stuff ‘s going to happen - but it helps you to grow!
learn from it - thank it - and soon you will know,
be better.” said the Vegetable Lady.
just then the clouds parted, and down through the trees,
a warm ray of sun on a warm-scented breeze.
jumped up and I hugged her! (She was still on her knees.)
a lot, Mrs. Vegetable Lady!”
Vegetable Lady lives down our street
flowers and gardens are so neat
we wink at each other each time that we meet.
my friend - she's the Vegetable Lady.
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