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Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)
TITLE: Keep Safe the Garden.
By Alexandra Wilkin
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Of our imagination,
The sharp seed lies where sun’s light
Cannot reach it;
So I must ponder upon what feeds
That fatal, poisoned seed.
I hear fear drenched words of vengeance,
Unstoppable, carelessly seeping,
Reaching to the seeds straining to release
Violent burning shoots;
Clamouring to reach the earth, and strangle
Beauty flowering still.
I desire to hoard the flowers safely away
From grasping tentacles,
So sift the earth through my fingers
Again, then again;
Searching through the dank soil for that
Kernel of pain.
As the soil imprints upon my palm’s pattern
I see others,
Thrusting bulbs haphazardly into the soil unknown,
And I know;
Their anticipation will wilt in spring’s dawn
As weeds grow.
They laugh at my superstition as they
Blame irregular seasons,
But steadfast I shall sift the earth,
And sift again;
Planting certain roots in nurtured earth, waiting
For winter’s end.
For what I seek in sifting is
Eden’s richer soil,
The brighter endless day wherein the shadows
Cease their toil;
Where free the roses fuller grow, the
Vineyard brightly blossoms.
Where Grace is beauty and my soul
Need not strain,
To hear my Lord and saviour’s call:
‘Arise, my love –
Come sing, for summer’s home and we
Rise joyfully above!’
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