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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: The Word Garden
By Karen Macor
05/19/10


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A writer plants thoughts
But brain drought often invades
And the story dies.

Determination
Drives the writer to rethink
Sowing seeds for a new plot.

Like a sprouting seed
The writerís ideas blossom
Into a garden of words.

Thought weeds take over
And slowly choke the story
The writer must hoe.

Frustration sets in
And ideas are grafted
Amended thoughts sown.

Dense as morning fog
The writerís mind is boggled
But he perseveres.

Ever so slowly
The thoughts expand and mature
Into full blossom.

Apprehensively
And tentatively hopeful
He tends to the plot.

Details are added
Weeding and watering done
The word garden blooms.

Satisfaction felt
Then nagging doubts develop
Like thunderstorm clouds.

Lightning bolts of thoughts
Present new word weeds to hoe
Lest they overtake the plot.

The storm is over
The writer is satisfied
The word gardenís ripe.

Picking his market
The writer gleans the comments
Eager to improve.

Is it clear enough
Is it colourful enough
Will it be picked first?

Doubt and pride mingle
But the writerís ego wins
Doubt stomped to the ground.

Gratification
Long awaited and desired
New seeds of thought sown.

The writer canít quit
Itís inbred in his nature
He is born to write.


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AnneRene' Capp 05/20/10
Refreshing analogy and so deeply true. Great Poem!
Theresa Santy 05/20/10
This was fun to read. I loved the idea of the writer's ideas blossoming into a garden (if they could avoid being choked by the weeds!).

I really like this line: But brain drought often invades.

Susan Montaperto05/21/10
I really enjoyed your analogy of gardening as writing. Weeds can be very troublesome whether they are in a real outdoor or causing confusion in the mind. Keep writing.
Mildred Sheldon05/24/10
Thank you for a poem that was well written and using a garden of words was inspiring. I enjoyed your poem more than I can say. Keep writing and God bless.
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse05/24/10
Great job! I loved the analogy--writing and gardening. Very creative. Keep up the great work!!!