Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Gone Gardening

Facebook makes you sad. Gardening makes you happy. If you don’t believe me check out this recent report from the BBC, which seems to show that if you spend too much time looking at Facebook you won’t feel good about yourself.

But smell the roses or pull up a few weeds and you’ll feel better. Gardening can lower your blood pressure reduce stress and boost your brainpower. ‘Even just looking at a garden can give you a positive boost,’ says one article.

Gardening can feed your family, improve the environment and surround you with beauty. What’s not to like? So before I grab a trowel (I know what’s good for me) I want to thank Wendy Moore for sharing this poem Relax from Like a Beggar by Ellen Bass, especially this extract:

There’s a Buddhist story of a woman chased by a tiger.

When she comes to a cliff, she sees a sturdy vine

and climbs half way down. But there’s also a tiger below.

And two mice–one white, one black–scurry out

and begin to gnaw at the vine. At this point

she notices a wild strawberry growing from a crevice.

She looks up, down, at the mice.

Then she eats the strawberry.


So here’s the view, the breeze, the pulse

in your throat. Your wallet will be stolen, you’ll get fat,

slip on the bathroom tiles of a foreign hotel

and crack your hip. You’ll be lonely.

Oh taste how sweet and tart

the red juice is, how the tiny seeds

crunch between your teeth.

You can read the full poem here.

I’m off to check on the strawberries…


2 comments on “Gone Gardening

  1. bluebrightly
    April 10, 2014



  2. hoppmichaela
    April 11, 2014

    Love it! The beauty in escaping to the garden.


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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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