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On Marriage and Summer Squash

Nurturing love in season

By L.A. HancockPublished 8 months ago Updated 7 months ago 1 min read
Runner-Up in the Short and Sweet Challenge
On Marriage and Summer Squash
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

In the heat of the day,

our son’s call is an echo from his play set

in the far yard.


You, bent next to a plot of soil,

pull the last weed,

then pat dirt over

seed upon seed.


This is your gift, my love.

To coax the still and numb

to life,

to hold us in hand,

to fold us,

warm, safe

in the deep dark,

we sip rain

and grow,

sure, for we know

by dint of you,


we’ll see the sun.


Submitted for the Short and Sweet Challenge

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About the Creator

L.A. Hancock

I'm a wife and mom, and this is my creative outlet. I am experimenting with lots of different writing styles and topics, so some of it is garbage, and I'm totally fine with that - writing is cheaper than therapy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Mackenzie Davis5 months ago

    Fantastic imagery and metaphors here! Of planting seeds and nurturing love...I am astounded by your craft. "Us" is particularly meaningful here and tells a partial story all on its own. The significance of "my love" in warming and softening the "us" is truly beautifully rendered. A deep poem, and certainly short and sweet. Congratulations on placing. Very well-deserved.

  • Jazzy 7 months ago

    Congrats on the Runner-up. This is fabulous! I love the imagery of being outside with your family. I miss being outside when its not SO HOT

  • Babs Iverson7 months ago


  • Poppy 7 months ago

    Congrats on Runner-Up!!

  • Hannah Moore7 months ago

    This is so full of nurturance, it's lovely.

  • Beautiful, the love of earth & sweet sustenance nurtured with tender loving care.

  • Poppy 7 months ago

    Hey, just letting you know I shared this poem in my latest story: https://vocal.media/poets/poppy-s-preferences-pt2

  • Poppy 7 months ago

    Beautifully unique and lovely ending!!

  • Awww, this was such a lovely poem! So beautifully written!

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