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The Simple Garden
By Rich Ladig
Mixed Media on charcoal paper
8″ × 10″
2012

A simple garden
One plant
(what could be easier?)
The plant grew
The bugs flew
And ate it to the root
Invertebrate invasive
So pervasive
Infestation migration
Ate my “easy”

And now they eat the fence
Manly super sized
Insecticidal pesticide
Directions avoided on the box inside
Wish I would have read ’em

GUARANTEED TO KILL ALL LIVING THINGS it read
NO RETURNS! ALL SALES FINAL it said
Yep…that’s just how it read
And I hate being dead
And did the plant ever grow?
Is what we all want to know

I sure will not ruin the ending
But I hear the shade’s great
About a quarter till eight
Under that tree life is worthy of spending

By Rich Ladig

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rich ladig, environment, garden, tree, bugs, dark humor, life, death

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  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanabout 2 years ago

    Superb work Rich… love the softness of this range of colors !

  • “Like emotions, colors are a reflection of life.” – Janice Glennaway
    Thank you my dear friend Dominique :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 2 years ago


    24.5.12

    stunning work .. many congrats on the feature

  • Thank you much Angel…most appreciate hearing from you and featuring :))

    – Rich Ladig

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingabout 2 years ago

    WOW!!!!!!!! there’s so much to explore and enjoy in this!! Poweful work!!!!

  • …kind of a mixed bag of “nuts” for me too…heehee
    Thank ya kindly Robin! :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerabout 2 years ago

    Deep! Love this… especially the poem!

  • Thank you so much for dropping by Angela! Appreciate it!
    …deep and silly…haha! :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago


    May 26th, 2012
    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges
    Mary

  • Sweet!!! Honored as always Mary! Happy days :))

    – Rich Ladig

  • Kittycat10
    Kittycat10about 2 years ago

    SUPERB WORK,CONGRATULACION ON YOUR FEATURE IN ARTISTS UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks for all your encouragement and kindness Pepi!
    Happy thoughts to you :))

    – Rich Ladig

  • banrai
    banraiabout 2 years ago

    it’s small but lots happening here… fine color, mystery abounds! unique work as always

  • Great to hear from you Terry :) So glad you mentioned size,
    as it has much to do in determining how a work reveals itself

    – Rich Ladig

  • Thea T
    Thea Tabout 2 years ago

    or, after reading that description…“The not so Simple Garden”, lol. Intriguing piece Rich….

  • …yeah…a garden with a bad attitude Thea…haha!
    Should have stayed indoors! :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldabout 2 years ago

    unique to say the least Rich!…….sets my imagination off and away…..wheee!!

  • Off you go Maree! Remember to hit ground once in awhile! haha!

    – Rich Ladig

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 2 years ago

    Outstanding work, Rich. Both your words and image!

  • Oh…how lovely of you Tori. Hope you picked up some gardening tips of what not to do!
    (or leave it to the pros like me)
    :))

    – Rich Ladig

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