Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Three gardens

I.

This garden is bowl of seeds
for birds, snails and worms
Under the orange umbrella,
I watch the creatures
whirling, chomping, chirping-
content with gifts from the earth


II.

This garden is scratch of hope
a glint of tranquility in the city's grey
minted with medicine, not only
for tired bones
for damaged liver
for scarred heart
for torn ligaments 
but also for
spirit seeking solace
amidst the perfume of blooms, 
vines and buds-
pinking the hours full, sated
by good company 


III.

In the basket-
okra, eggplants, lemon grass,
squash, radish, peppers, pigeon peas-
await my grateful hands
to slice their roots
to boil their leaves 
to brew their stems
to bottle skin and sap
and finally
to fold seeds to sleep
in my garden, silted with rain 
& green peelings of hope  



Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - Poetics - Johnny's Garden Hosted by Kim Russell -  Pub opens at 3pm EST.

27 comments:

  1. I love them all.. what a wonderful use of lists in the different aspects of these gardens... love it.

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  2. What a fantastic approach to the prompt, Grace. They are special gardens and I love all three but especially the wildlife garden, as it is most like our garden! Number two is practical and spiritual - I imagine a very kind homeopath in that garden. Number three whetted my appetite!

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  3. I love your gardens, Grace and the way you describe them :)

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  4. What wonderful gardens! Wish I could be in each of them.

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  5. Growing with hope and good company can win the day, maybe not a bad liver though lol

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  6. What an incredible trio of list poems! Each one unique and equally beautiful. Each one is my favorite.

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  7. Ah! The medicine of the garden! That's exactly what I was striving for with mine. You nailed it, grace

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  8. Lovely! I think your garden was more productive than mine, and your poems probably better. Jane

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  9. Hi Grace !! I love sounds lovely !
    The first is like my garden :)
    "Bowl of seeds for birds "

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  10. Lovely, friend Grace ... reminds me of Rarotonga ... http://ckpeacemaker.wordpress.com/ ... Love, cat.

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  11. Sweet soft sounds sing splendidly
    So too these three

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  12. You've given a wonderful glimpse into your world of seeds and the pleasure in growing.

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  13. So much contrast and color here, Grace. Just wonderful.

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  14. Those are beautiful contrasts. I never thought of a garden as a storehouse for other animals, it sounds quite generous

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  15. This is beautiful, Grace! You have an amazing talent. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  16. love how your three gardens are really a continuation, one to the next. A garden of seeds...not yet planted, a garden planted, but not yet come to fruition, and finally a garden that has been harvested. Beautiful!

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  17. You've taken care of all the popular veges and herbs that man alive would prefer in their bowl of prepared curry and rice!

    Hank

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  18. ah...such a delightful feeling....would like to be welcomed there... ;)

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  19. I enjoyed my visit to these life-giving gardens...thanks for the invitation

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  20. GarDen
    UniVerse
    bRanches lEaves..
    mOre of liFe gets
    a long toGeTheR..
    green
    with
    bleeding live..:)

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  21. "for tired bones...for scarred heart" -- yes.

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  22. That's a range of gardens for your readers, Grace.. Lovely! :)

    Loved the last line "green peelings of hope"

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  23. I adore the first one, Grace. Lovely.

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  24. I'm hungry...for more poetry from your garden!

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  25. Very beautifully described; I think you excel yourself.

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