Sunday, September 4, 2011

Word of the Week: Weeds



Life’s garden of weeds.
Sometimes the stalks grow high.
The leaves unruly and untamed.
Crowding out our vision, view and desire to renew.

              
On (too) many a day.
So hard to see above and beyond.
But weeds have a lesson to teach;
unique and of themselves.

                               
They remind us that what we see is not always…
what we get.
What we perceive often hides,
the true picture and final story.

                              
Searching for the serenity and beauty to be found.
In the access and opportunities denied.
Perhaps, the road not travelled.


It is there, although at times,
hard to understand.
Often seen as trials.
Some days, impossible to bear.

                   
Life’s garden of weeds.
Futilely, we pull, strain and tug.
Instead of finding the patience required to,
wait out the storm.

                   
Once again,
to bask in the glorious sunshine.
A re-awakening required.

                          
There are no mistakes that cannot be healed.
Soaking up the seeds of growth.
To reappear as the most beautiful of blooms.
Sharing their timely and timeless wisdom.


***

GHH 2008, revised 2011

Also submitted for the OSI prompt: weed

PS: I think weeds (in all forms and senses of the word) can be blessings in disguise. :<)

13 comments:

Ramesh Sood said...

Some mistakes take too long a time to heal...you have taken the prompt to an altogether different plane..good one..

Lorraine said...

Wow indeed you have made those weeds welcome, a life lesson, you're awesome x

Joseph said...

Life is like that. The struggles like the weeds are part of life and we have to keep on trying and not give up. Wonderful poem.

sandra said...

love your words you have done a beautiful insight of this...yes I think that they have a lesson to teach and that that what we see is not always ...what we get...

Jim said...

I love the "Life's garden of weeds" idea. And what a fine ending. What is one person's weed is another's wildflower.
..
We were in Ireland that day. The next is significant for me, I fell at Powerscourt Estate Gardens, broke my knee cap, and had to come back to the U.S. We did come back to Powerscourt in 2009.
..

Ed Pilolla said...

i never read the value of weeds like this before. very well done. moving and insightful.

Teri C said...

Wow, awesome poem Geraldine. Just awesome and beautiful and insightful.

Have a happy week.

Geraldine said...

Hi Ramesh, They do indeed. I'm glad you enjoyed this work.

Hi Lorraine, Thanks dear friend.

Hi Joe, We have to keep on trying don't we, especially when the going gets tough.

Hi Thanks so much Sandra, I certainly agree too.

Hi Jim, Thanks for the info. re: that date I was referring to. And thank you for the kind words.

Hi Ed, What a lovely comment, thanks so much.

Hi Teri, And thank you dear Teri, so great you enjoyed this poem.

Happy Week, G

Cheryl said...

I love the way you bring this full circle from futility to hope.

Patti said...

I LOVE this poem Geraldine! You sure hit on some absolute truths in this- kudos to you! And I love your PS- I agree! I know you are another autumn lover- so if your weather is anything like ours right now it is truly autumnal and I am enjoying it totally!

PremI said...

Oh,Lovely Write, Geraldine!
What a deep Vision...Insight and Inspiration!!

Geraldine said...

Hi Cheryl, Welcome and thanks so much!

Hi Patti, Our season has arrived hooray! I remembered when I visited recently that Fall is your fav too. Bring it on!!! It's still kind of hot here and no color to speak of. Share lots of pics, ok! I will too, when there's something to take a photo of. LOL Glad you enjoyed my Weed interpretation too.

Hi Premi, What a lovely compliment, thank you.

Happy Friday, G :<)

SandyCarlson said...

Thank you for this, Geraldine. I know how it is to move through time as a mistake heals... Seems that is the shape of my life. Your poem is beautiful.

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