The Problem with Pangloss

The problem with Pangloss is this:
that optimistic sonofabitch never admits–
sometimes a garden gets so overgrown,
you’ve got to cut it down to the ground,
hack half of it out by the root,
the pickaxe leaving your arms aching,
hands blistered.
If you forget your protective gloves and
other equipment,
cleaning it up is as tiring,
hurts just as much binding it down,
bundling it up, waiting not weeks
but seasons for it to blossom the way that it ought.
That metaphorical bastard never tells you–
gardening’s hard,
the work of a lifetime.


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