By Peter Blau

I kneel in the black dirt
 arranging seeds in the earth
 the soil touches my soul

From tilling to harvest
I tend the garden 
 with love and attention
 as if caring for a child.
I become one with the cycle of life
 observing the colors, shapes, 
 textures and patterns in wonder. 

Gardening, painting with plants, brings
 enjoyment to the eyes, 
 pleasure for the senses.

And similar to a Zen meditation,
 creates a profound sense of peace.

Peter Blau is a writing teacher and writer.

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