Hymn to the Community Garden

This poem is a collaboration and was recited in Providence, Rhode Island at a workshop entitled “This Is What Love Looks Like.” 

David:

Mary, Mary, quite communitary-

ian, how does your community

garden grow?

 

With some compost in a vacant lot,

that’s how our community

garden grows.

 

Christopher:

With community gardens/

The people won’t be starving/

Higher prices, the stores are charging/

What their putting in the food these days is alarming/

I am arming myself with the knowledge to grow my own/

Healthy food, community, and love in all U.S. time zones/

What else do we need: cleaner water and air to breathe/

 

David:

Mary, Mary, quite communitary-

ian, how does your community

garden grow?

 

With lots of hard work

in a vacant lot

and no empty lots

to mow!

 

That’s how our community garden grows!

 

Christopher:

Community gardens bring the people together/

Community gardens helps us eat and do better/

It’s a natural, holistic way to cooperate and be/

I open my door, walk outside, and join in unity/

 

David:

Mary, Mary, quite Unitary-

ian (Universalist), how does your

community garden grow?

With lessons in growing

and nutritious food, that’s how our

community garden

grows. 

 

Christopher:

We’re talking tomatoes, squash, bell peppers, and greens/

Planting, nurturing, and growing those nutritious things/

We attend potlucks and farmer’s markets seeing our neighbors/

The food is good whether we eat it now, or save some for later/

The farm to table movement is what we can once again enjoy/

The youth in my city are growing food, becoming employed/

For this way of life, there is no harm or no pressure/

We can use this knowledge and love for the land to end food deserts/

 

David:

Mary, Mary, quite communitary-

ian, how does your community

garden grow?

Buy into our CSA

 

-Community Supported Agriculture!-

that’s how our

community garden

grows.

 

© Rev. Dr. David Breeden and Christopher D. Sims

June 4, 2014

Reprinted with permission from the authors.

Photo: College of Agriculture Communications’ photograph of an Atlanta garden taken during an October 2011 Urban Ag Tour. (April Sorrow/CC/Flickr)

 


CONTRIBUTOR

Christopher D. Sims
Christopher D. Sims

Christopher D. Sims is an internationally known poet, activist, and spoken word performer. His writing has helped in causes that speak for justice and equality. Amnesty International published a poem by him in defense of the late Troy Davis. His forthcoming book of poetry is entitled "Universal Citizen."

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