A pledge to the cycle of a wild, dark garden

by Sinéad Keegan

Turn the compost over
watch and wild sweet darkling earth
fleeting guardian


Realising gardening is a team sport in which you are the spectator

It has been raining again
but a waxing moon slides into sight
the foxes venture from their den.

In the morning, an unseen wren
chirrups high and bright.
It has been raining again.

The orchard has become a fen
the tomatoes lost to blight.
The foxes venture from their den

their paths across the grass well-trodden
delicate blades pressed into the mud each night.
It has been raining again

rotting plants are pulled and thrown atop the midden
perhaps a hedgehog will find shelter there tonight.
The foxes venture from their den.

The gentle joys here are well hidden
in a soil that still holds damp delight.
It has been raining again.
The foxes venture from their den.


Read Sarah Hill’s 26 Habitats gardens centena and essay.

Read Lynda Relph-Knight’s 26 Habitats gardens centena and essay.

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  1. Beautiful Sínead – the foxes, hedgehogs, unseen wren – it’s like being allowed peep into the undergrowth and the comings & goings of wildlife as we sleep perhaps. Most of our garden is wild this past year too – I feel so much better about it now!

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