The poem, entitled, “Transplanting,” was written in 1973 by the late Edith Austin, a resident of the West Haven Home who later moved to our Wesley Village campus in Shelton when the West Haven Home closed. (For more information, visit our UMH History page: http://www.umh.org/umh-history ) It was printed in one of Reverend Ralph Lord Roy’s (UMC Minister who served CT) newsletters and is worthy of a place here on our blog. In the poem, Edith reflects on her experience of moving to Shelton and beautifully describes her thoughts.
How relevant it is for our residents still today, who have recently made a move from their home to an assisted living community. As a mission-based organization committed to providing services that support the health, independence, and dignity of our residents, it is our constant goal to be “a gracious haven” where our residents “have found a home”. Enjoy Edith’s words…. (read left column, then right)
TRANSPLANTING, by Edith Austin
The spade relentless cuts Burning western sun, Roots grown long in friendly soil, Paints the sky with gorgeous hues Plantings must be moved – As it sinks to rest.
Dug with ball of earth, Saucy mockingbird, Burlap-wrapper ‘gainst wind and sun, Flaunting white-splashed wings, welcome Rose, you’ll surely live. Gives to his domain.
Stunned and spent with shock, High upon the hill Fellow shrub, can I survive Built to brave the wind and storm, Such transplanting rude? A gracious haven stands.
Vital roots unharmed, Gleaming corridors Dearest treasures gathered close, Run through its widespread wings, I, too, will endure. Busy traffic lanes.
On the breezy heights Down a flight of stairs Far from the city’s noisy din, Cheery room equipped for work Rose is growing now – In art – Joy, oh joy!
In this fertile soil, In this pleasant place Sending deep my questing roots, Where gracious friendly folk do dwell Rose, I’m joining you. I have found a home.
Vistas of green lawn, Kind and strong and sure Strips of woodland undisturbed, hands. Are the Master Gardener’s Charm the roving eye. He transplants in love.
About Marissa Salvesen
My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!
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