The Gardener

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Have I lived enough?
Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough,
            have I come to any conclusion?
Have I experienced happiness with
            sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured loneliness with grace?

I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.
            Actually, I probably think too much.

Then I step out into the garden,
where the gardener, who is said to be a simple
man, is tending his children, the roses. 

By Mary Oliver

This Labor Day, in the midst of the pandemic and a hotly contested presidential election….it is a great day for you and me to step out into the garden and see who is tending the children, the roses. 

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