My black-eyed susans
took a lot of care all summer,
cultivating, nurturing, watering, pruning—
a lot of work for me, the gardener—
whose old knees don’t bend so easily anymore.
But oh such JOY
those black-eyed susan’s brought me
all summer long —
their bright yellow faces and dark brown eyes
made me smile each time
I was in their presence.
But now as Autumn creeps in
I look at these once beautiful flowers
and see that they are fast fading
and will soon be gone.
As I sit on my garden bench, I ponder.
I could easily focus on
all the cultivating I had to do
all summer as the gardener,
or I could focus on
the flowers and the joy they brought me.
I chose to focus on the beauty of the flowers
and the joy I’ve experienced all summer.
And I ponder a little more and think about
how Autumn has crept into my life,
and I feel myself fading and wilting.
As I do, I hope others will focus on
me as a bright smiling flower
who perhaps brought them a little joy
when they were in my presence —
rather than focusing on the
fact that I’m fading and wilting.