A Secret Garden (In defiance of more snow & cold)

FireplaceShe closes her eyes, imagining the garden in springtime.

New-sprouted shoots, sharp contrast to dew-darkened soil, velvet massage of black dirt on bare soles. Her fingers reach deep, homebase for a riot of flowers interspersed with vegetables. The scent of all these possibilities the only polish her roughened nails ever need.

Over the coming months, weeds and drought will exhaust the spring honeymoon.  With luck, summer showers, or freakish hailstorm will raise sensual petrichor, reminiscent beginnings. What had wilted will rise again, firm against a thin blue sky.

She opens her eyes, strokes her husband’s hand.

He smiles, bemused.

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2017)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (03/09/2017): In 99 words (no more, no less) write a honeymoon story. It can be between a couple before, during or after the honeymoon. Or it can refer to a honeymoon period. Go where the prompt leads.

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9 thoughts on “A Secret Garden (In defiance of more snow & cold)

  1. Pingback: On the Honeymoon Trail « Carrot Ranch Communications

  2. The sensuality of gardening fully captured and fits the vigor of a honeymoon. I especially liked this line: “…velvet massage of black dirt on bare soles.” I hope your snow is over after this storm. It’s 80 degrees on Mars, but no sexy soil to be had here.

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