World Poetry Day

In 1999 the Unesco organization declared 21st March to be World Poetry Day.

This day aims to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world.

This calls for a special poem!

(Choosing only one was difficult!)

Since the gardening year is just beginning for me (and spring officially began yesterday), I have chosen this one by the Czech poet Karel Capek (1890 – 1938).


Gardener’s Prayer

O Lord, grant that in some way

it may rain every day,

Say from about midnight until three o’clock

in the morning,

But, You see, it must be gentle and warm

so that it can soak in;

Grant that at the same time it would not rain on

campion, alyssum, helianthus, lavendar, and others which

You in Your infinite wisdom know

are drought-loving plants-

I will write their names on a bit of paper

if you like-

And grant that the sun may shine

the whole day long,

But not everywhere (not, for instance, on the

gentian, plantain lily, and rhododendron)

and not too much;

That there may be plenty of dew and little wind,

enough worms, no lice and snails, or mildew,

and that once a week thin liquid manure and guano

may fall from heaven.


by Karel Capek