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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)

TITLE: The Master's Garden
By Anita Neuman


To tend a garden takes a skill
That was to me not granted
I canít recall which shoots are weeds
And which are things Iíve planted

I always choose the nicest blooms
To water, prune and nourish
But then I realize theyíre weeds
And that is why they flourish

Underneath those weeds somewhere
There live some real flowers
Iíd love to let them see the sun
But I havenít got the hours

I know that careful planning would
Ensure fresh blooms all season
But my plans have been, thus far,
Beyond all scope of reason

Iím glad my Master Gardener tends
My life with much more care
He gently pulls out all my weeds
And plants more flowers there

His plan to help me grow and bloom
Will last throughout the years
And when I cling too fast to weeds
He waters me with tears

He prunes me with a gentle hand
Not tiring Ďtil itís done
Then welcomes me to turn my face
Towards the radiant Son

I choose to yield my life to Him
Though others choose to harden
If anyone should look at me
They'll see the Masterís garden

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Suzanne R10/10/05
I sure can identify with you here ... my garden consists of two potted plants. What a relief that the master gardener cares of us. A lovely poem.
Linda Watson Owen10/10/05
A charming poem with a precious message!
Alexandra Wilkin10/11/05
A dear little poem conveying the most timeless knowledge of all. Loved the parallel between your own gardening efforts and that of our 'Master Gardner'. God bless.
Helga Doermer10/11/05
Had to smile at your self-description. I can relate.
Crista Darr10/12/05
Very nice!
Val Clark10/13/05
Had me smiling, too. Neat, whimsical poem. Well done.
Jan Ackerson 10/13/05
Well done, with gentle humor. I liked this a lot!
Brandi Roberts10/13/05
I love poetry, and I love this! Great job, Anita!!
Joanne Malley10/13/05
Lovely, sweet poem! :)
Garnet Miller 10/13/05
Wow! Nice imagery. Isn't it good that God prunes and polishes us better than we ever could ourselves? We'll all stand side by side one day in His glorious garden!
Laurie Glass 10/13/05
Nicely written. Your idea is well expressed.
Donnah Cole10/13/05
Very nicely done...concise beautiful analogy between our feeble efforts at living a Christian life and His "pruning" and "planting" to help us be more like Him and less like ourselves!
Pat Guy 10/14/05
Boy can I relate! Not only with what is facing me outside in my yard but inside my heart! I'm so glad you conveyed the tenderness of God as The Master Gardener because I fear we are far more ruthless when it comes to weeds and pruning. Great message with much tenderness.
Tammy Johnson10/14/05
Very nice job. I am so loving this poetry today! Refreshing!
Debbie Sickler10/15/05
Anita, I loved your first paragraph. It reminded me of the vegatable garden I planted a couple summers ago (1st & only attempt). As the first green started showing up I had no idea if I should pull it or if I planted it. I was glad I kept the seed packages to refer back to the pictures. lol

I also loved the line about turning your face to the radiant Son. This poem both works on a light hearted level and much deeper. Great job!
Cassie Memmer10/15/05
Nice! Starts with light heartedness and becomes very deep. I really like it!
Julianne Jones10/16/05
Well done. Good message wrapped in humour. Keep writing.
Deborah Porter 10/17/05
Anita, this was a sweetie of a poem - I loved it! Be encouraged - you ranked 23rd out of 145 entries. So keep doing what you're doing - you're heading in the right direction. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)