She called out twice, no answer and
suddenly annoyed at the lack of consideration
the gardener was up to as she
stomped over to the window,
which framed a sight
seen every year around this time...
the top of his silver streaked head
below her on the back step,
his tired back bent over
pots of purple pansies
delicate pink violets
and hearty geraniums
them to grow lasting and lovely
so she'd not complain.
His little friends glanced up, seeing her
and perked up