we mix fresh garden soil
with old earth
expectant of buds
and deep rambling roots
—kernels, Premier Edition, Spring 2013
Well, our variegated privet, which I understand may grow like weeds in certain parts of the U.S. and elsewhere in the world (or at least the regular privet apparently does), isn't thriving here quite yet. It didn't help that soon after we planted it, the deer thought it was part of their salad bar—even though it's supposed to be deer-resistant. But the earth and I are still "expectant."