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Orderly Gardens
Paige, Age 11, Vancouver, BC

I do not like orderly gardens.
I prefer the ones that are magical.
These have a flow that is free and open
where gardeners dare to stop snipping and clipping
everything into topiaries.

I like to watch the plants
go through their endless journeys
instead of witnessing possibilities
cut to fit predetermined paths.

I see a plant as a person,
with branches reaching out as arms
in all directions
and roots that creep underground
to pop up somewhere totally unexpected.

In my kind of garden there is no plan.
I let my plants go uninhibited
so that I may watch and see
magic grow right in front of me.

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