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Heidi Stephens
This poem was inspired by gardening I did last summer and by the gardens of other people in the neighborhood. I decided to put some flowers in my front yard, and I was also taking walks through the neighborhood, looking at what other people had done with their gardens, and appreciating those efforts.

I live on the North Side. So I went to Hafnerís, in North Syracuse, and picked out plants and cleaned up the yard a bit. Iím a renter, and thatís something that renters donít often do. Afterwards I started realizing how much of a difference it makes in a neighborhood when people keep things clean and orderly, even if youíre not in the most beautiful home. Youíre doing a service to the community by taking care of your own little patch of ground.

Patches of garden
line the porches and sidewalks
cultivating joy

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