dVerse Voices

from Unsplash, NY Public Library, Drought of 1939 Yakima Valley, Washington.

The Gardener

The gardener watches a soft
muzzle of clouds lying in wait.

                                          Rain.

He’s not much for poetry, but
he is a poet. Each plant contains
a gardeners’ syllable, perennial 
pages and stanza borders,  and

yes, I acknowledge ample weeds
sprouting thin as legs everywhere.
Weeding is my forte, I’m told, but

he’s undeterred by written water
spilling from a tap, a robin’s nibbed
appetite for overturned worms.

The bird pounces. The gardener
returns a squinting smile. And I’ve
nearly forgotten that this blank
page of his will come solid colour.

He watches the clouds. For signs.
For fate. I watch a pot of simmering
soup, because watched pots

                                never boil.

dVerse Poets a “narrative fiction voice” exercise, image is from Unsplash, NY Public Library, Drought of 1939 Yakima Valley, Washington. Shared with @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021

21 responses to “dVerse Voices”

  1. These words are a soup ready to be served.

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  2. Beverly Crawford avatar
    Beverly Crawford

    What a great write … an entertaining read!

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    1. Thanks so much!

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  3. Excellent stuff. I loved the extended metaphor linking gardening and poetry. Very well crafted, as usual!

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  4. I love this gardener-poet you have created Misky! I find the comparisons between writing poetry and gardening fascinating, especially as gardening is like alchemy to me 🙂

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  5. gardening and poetry are so alike i can see how you came to the line “he’snot much for poetry but he is a poet”

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  6. Oh delicious stuff indeed. I esp enjoyed the final turn (maybe even more so because I initially (mis)read it as :”watched POETS never boil”.
    Thanks!

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    1. Watched poets! LOL! Love it.

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  7. Love the correlation of gardening and poetry with:

    Each plant contains
    a gardeners’ syllable, perennial
    pages and stanza borders

    Beautiful writing.

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    1. Thank you so much!

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  8. writingwhatnots avatar
    writingwhatnots

    This is beautiful – I love the image: ‘each page contains the gardener’s syllable’.

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    1. Thanks so much!

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  9. From the Gardener’s perspective …. fresh and springlike.

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  10. Excellent Misky, so well written!

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  11. “Each plant contains a gardeners’ syllable, perennial pages and stanza borders,”… now that’s gorgeous!! 😍😍

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  12. Love this, Misk. What a great ending!

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