Tending Her Garden


“Anonymous” Contributed by Courtney Wright

I found the old boots

Right where he said

Sitting next to the mouse                                                   

Long ago dead…


They were taped at the toes                                                 

Tattered and torn

The laces were gone

The soles were worn


He wanted to wear them

None others would do

Boots were much better

Superior to shoes


“Your mother gave me those

To work in the garden you see.

I need to tend to her roses

She will be home at 3.”


I smiled down at my dad

As he placed them on the floor

How do I begin to tell him

Mom’s been gone since ‘84.


This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers May 18, 2018 hosted by our lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. It is a wonderful challenge. Please follow the link to give it a try!! 🙂

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66 thoughts on “Tending Her Garden

    • I don’t write a lot of poetry. But sometimes it just happens and I like the way it flows better than a regular story. It is a different sort of challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by! 😉


  1. I love the tender picture you paint of the love between dad and daughter and the way mom is still included in that love even though they lost her in ’84. Although you wrote this as a more-or-less factual account, it’s also a wonderful metaphor for the way those we love go on being important to us.

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  2. My father had dementia. I remember an occassion where he thought his rubber boots had been stolen. We went off of a terrible rant. We found them later between the couch and the wall.

    Thanks for supplying the photo this week. It brought out some great stories.

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  3. That was lovely, Courtney. I found it beautiful, not sad. Dementia is hardest on the ones not afflicted with the disease. He is content to take care of his love’s roses…

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  4. This has happened to people I know and it’s not easy to straighten it out.Nice story. Every time I forget something – the kids jump on the “Dementia bandwagon.” They amuse me so! Funny!

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    • It’s not an easy thing to deal with when it is someone you love. Dementia scares me. It runs in my family. I have an awesome memory and I have a real fear of losing that. I hope it never happens to either of us. 😎


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