2099. Putting the garden to sleep

Haralambus (known as Harry) and Hughina (known as May) Pfahlert were well into their retirement years. Harry’s main interest was the garden. With late autumn approaching he had been busy tidying the garden so that at the end of winter all the back-breaking work would be done and it would be less of a hassle come spring.

Well dear, said Harry to May after two weeks of extensive labour in the garden, all is done. Everything is weeded. Everything is fertilized. Leaves are dug in or burnt and the ashes hoed in. Mulch has been spread. Shrubs sensitive to the winter cold have been covered. I might be weary, but I’m well satisfied. The garden has been put to sleep. Let it snow! Let it snow!

It was such a pleasure in winter to view the snowed-in garden through the living room window, with the log fire roaring away and the smell of cinnamon buns cooking in the oven. All done! All done! One could enjoy the order of it all and look forward to the chaos of new life!

It was such a pity that Harry died in his sleep that very night.

17 thoughts on “2099. Putting the garden to sleep

  1. Vishal Dominic

    This is Uber-realism. Though it’s darkly comical (as always), it kinda tugs on your heart strings when you think of the ephemerality of life.

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      1. Vishal Dominic

        Some emotional drama with flashbacks and heartbreaking moments! I might just write a short story oozing with melancholy called just that!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      A favourite bit from poet William Blake’s “The Book of Thel”:
      Gentle may I lay me down
      and gentle rest my head,
      and gentle sleep the sleep of death, and gentle hear the voice of Him
      who walketh in the garden in the evening time.”

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