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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: War and Peace (not about the book) (07/07/11)

TITLE: Garden Warrior
By Lillian Rhoades
07/13/11


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Garden Warrior


Although Iím armed for conquest,
no matter what I wield
against its rays, the sun
shoots through my shields,
of hat for shade
and lemonade


Caught in fierce combat
with weapons of mass exhaustion
and dehydration
I attack before sunrise
and return under
cover of sundown.

Even so the battle rages
with sticks and stones
and rocks hewn in time
nestled in hardened clay.
I strike a blow and then retreat
to fight another day

I give it all Iíve got
of gut, and strength and sinew
of sweat and tears and toil.
I canít believe the
holeís too small

Tomorrow is another day
to battle sun and soil
with manicured soldiers
dressed in gloved fatigues
struggling hard against the foe
with rake and hoe

The battle cry goes forth
dig, rake, and mulch
water, seed, and sow
my cause is just
and conquer I must


With every infant sprout,
the earth gives up the struggle.
With every little flowering bud,
the sun submits and snuggles.
And I sit peacefully in the shade
Sipping lemonade.


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Glynis Becker 07/17/11
Beautiful! I'm sort of a gardener wanna-be and I love the imagery and the struggle that you've laid out here. Wonderful writing.
Laury Hubrich 07/18/11
You made me smile and reminded me why a gardener I am not:) Nice job! Very creative.
Patricia Turner07/18/11
I've taken up gardening recently so I really enjoyed this piece - especially the line about "weapons of mass exhaustion". So true. Great writing.
marcella franseen 07/18/11
Very creative take on War and Peace. There is definitely an aspect of War in gardening, but, what peace to sit back and enjoy the fruits.
Noel Mitaxa 07/18/11
Very enjoyable peace of work. In keeping with the war theme, you might have called it "Guarden Worrier(?)" But good work anyway.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/19/11
I enjoyed this very creative poem. What a wonderful metaphor: manicured soldiers!
Catrina Bradley 07/19/11
From the title, I expected it to be about Jesus praying in the garden. I was pleasantly surprised to read a beautiful verse about a war I've fought with joy and the peace that follows. Loved it!