“Uncertainty,” Ensign, Mar. 1971, 22


    I’ll plant the daisy here

    By the delphinium

    Near the fence.

    And if I do my part

    Watering and weeding,

    I’ll surely soon have

    White and blue

    In one part of my garden.

    Surely I’ll have

    Daisy white, delphinium blue;

    Of other things I’d have

    I’m not as sure.

    My children,

    Lovelier than flowers,

    Cannot be put in places

    I would choose.

    Their wills must be their own.

    Weedy influences

    I cannot pull.

    I give to them the water

    Of God’s word

    But cannot be assured

    They will receive.

    I cannot plant

    My children in one place

    And know

    What they will be

    When they are grown.

    So, filling my need for

    Something that is certain,

    For something in my life

    That’s almost sure,

    I plant these daisies here

    In my garden

    By the delphiniums

    Near the fence.