The GardenBeside a dusty gravel path,
Just 30 yards from an old school road
With barrow pits and squirreltail patches,
Rests a garden of souls from Nordic climes
Replanted row by row in scratched out soil.
Their grass frame markers reveal a variety of species
Like Esther and Edith, Mansel and Marilee, Oliver and Orlando.
Seeds of Söderholm and Björkman, Lundstrom and Adolfson
Now scatter wide, blown by the wind to far away counties.
Yet their forgotten roots run deep
Beside the banks of the Kalix and Snake Rivers,
And in the shadow of tall pine trees
Beside a dusty gravel path
In a humble garden plot.