Government Gardener

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A meme does not make you a warrior…
Style doesn’t make you an artist…
Why would I spend my time writing grants…
Just takes time from my garden…

A government grant, is not a garden nor a farm…
Political bullshit does nothing but cause harm…
They choose your plants, and regulate your trees…
Make sure they control your money and your fees…

So many great gardeners are imprisoned by funds…
Won’t touch a shovel without payment refunds…
This is not about glory, it’s not about your money…
How much do you pay bees for their sweet honey?..

Beware of the radicals in anything you do…
Eventually they move on, and leave the work for you…
They are never satisfied, and they never stay…
They will find the next thing, and swiftly move away…

You see radicals come and go, they follow trends…
They never stay long enough to make many friends…
They get so involved, they wear the trends out…
Take a tip from me, and make them get out…

Out of our way, out of sight, out of mind…
Look around you, abandoned projects you’ll find…
This stuff isn’t easy, but it’s a whole lot of fun…
The little trick to a garden is be the last one…

peace – chriscondello

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2 thoughts on “Government Gardener

  1. petrujviljoen says:

    Agree with the person above. To share: reading a book of short stories by Margaret Attwood … ”But in truth the point of all this gardening is not vitaminization or self-sufficiency or the production of food, though these count for something. Gardening is not a rational act. What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth, that ancient ceremony of which the Pope kissing the tarmac is merely a pallid vestigial remnant. In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Peace to you too.

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  2. acondello says:

    Sometimes you are just so spot on. Love your phrasing.

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