It’s a fresh start in the garden.

Will that frivolous Bramley blossom?

Will those touchy bees arrive?

The mint gets going, clear, simple, strong.


Not showy, but not holding back

its roots will travel miles in a day

it offers leaves for healing purposes

scent fingerprints. Its essence on your tongue.


Uncertainty is growing with the mint,

it functions as a board game currency,

new minted, banked as quickly as it’s spent.

Still, mint inherits sun as well as earth,


there are some things you think you can rely on

to taste just as they should, feel right, and be perennial,

so while the froth of apple slowly opens

the bees will be here, sure as spear mint.


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