I planted zinnias for loved ones today,
in shades of pink and fuchsia and yellow,
in earth warmed by spring sun,
softened by tears and April rains.
I planted zinnias today and marigolds,
in gold and Tuscan orange,
seeds to grow and remind us,
springs rebirth follows winters darkness.
I planted zinnias and marigolds today,
for parents, for siblings,
for friends, gone too soon,
for my husband, my soul mate.
I planted life today
for all of us they left behind,
who will love, protect and nurture each other,
as we remember,
as we always remember.
SHARON CANFIELD DORSEY is an award-winning author and poet. She has published four children’s books, Herman the Hermit Crab and the Mystery of the Big, Black, Shiny Thing; Revolt of the Teacups; Buddy and Ballerina Save the Library, illustrated by her granddaughters; and Buddy the Bookworm Rescues the Doomed Books; a memoir, Daughter of the Mountains; and two books of poetry, Tapestry; and Captured Moments.