Viewing page 5 of 137
It looks like you're using a mobile device. We recommend using a physical keyboard for transcription entry.
[[open book, 2 pages]] [[page 1]] Six little packets of Burpee's seeds, Absurdly tiny and hard they seemed, But I laid them asleep in the garden beds And covered and wished them pleasant dreams. Before they came my garden lay All bare of cheer, a deserted inn, But now behold what holiday crowd Is gathered, flaunting gay within-- Such dowdy little petunia bodies, Carelessly wearing their starchless frills; And stiff and stocky touch-me-nots Standing straight like soldiers' drill; And poppies that scramble to greet the bees, Green little night caps flung to the ground, While a-stare they stand at early morn In hastily donned and wrinkled gowns; [[/page 1]] [[page 2]] And morning glories a-tremble hang, With innocent eyes to stare at me, Though plain I see on each of them Gold-dusty tracks of a rifling bee; Hollyhock ladies, stately, quaint, Forever go climbing spiral stairs; And sleeping four-o'-clocks all day Nod and dream in perfumed air, But through the night they stand awake, Watchful, quiet, absorbed they are, With hundreds of little telescopes Upward trained upon the stars. No more my garden's desolate inn, But night and day a crowded bower-- So good each day, since they are come-- I follow the bees from flower to flower. Ollie Depew 424 Linden Walk Lexington, Ky.
Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact email@example.com.