Becoming Grandma - Jan Knispel

Becoming Grandma - Jan Knispel (Valentine, Nebraska)

Is planting the garden

And cursing the weeds

Back bending in the sun

And shadows

In her gardens were

Potatoes, beets, cucumbers

Squash, tomatoes,

Hollyhocks, glads, daisys,

Zinnias, dalias and lilies.

Bert hated snakes,

From time to time.

An emergency call from Bert

Cried “rid the garden of those


I don’t mind them and

Can pick them up--

In my garden

Frogs and toads

Beetles and little boys

Who don’t know a weed

From a plant and

Hop and stomp

Their way across my

Little grandma world.