Bon apetit

Bon apetit

Deer have nibbled bush and tree
have ended the blooming of phlox
before it began. What next?

Will they jump the fence
of the vegetable garden to join
the porcupine’s destructive way

in this year when he descended
the oaks for a taste of something
other than acorns? In one night

the green beans gone, broccoli
Swiss chard and kale ravished,
bolted lettuce left for us.

Is there time for a second planting?
The triple threat of goldenrod
aster and ripening elderberry

signals No! But why not gamble
on a late frost? Let’s put the seed
in the ground and mark it “hope.”