Putting Poetry Out There: The Gardener

Instead of my usual Wednesday personal experience post, I thought I’d share a poem I wrote recently – still a personal experience, but in a much different format. This post was inspired by many bloggers who regularly put their own poetry out in cyberspace for all to read. Thanks to all of you, and I hope you’ll enjoy.



The Gardener

I wonder

If God were a gardener

Would he wish for perfect plants

With deep roots and sweet fruit

Never greener than when drenched

Rooting deeper when in drought

Ever growing toward the sun?


I imagine

Not many such plants exist.

Like earthy, earthly gardeners

He would need to maintain and more –

Weeding what invades

Feeding what strengthens

Shaping what remains

And sometimes cutting down to the ground

And beginning again next season.


If God were a gardener

I wonder

What sort of plant I’d be –

Needy, greenhouse-bound –

Or perhaps a native prairie plant

Self-seeding and sturdy

Perennially productive

Never showy but ever growing

Wherever he may plant me.

because home wasn't built in a day

The Gardener, copyright Meredith Jackson, 2018.

12 thoughts on “Putting Poetry Out There: The Gardener”

  1. I think I’d be cut to the ground or restarted most of the time. I’m glad you still have that desire and unique ability to write poetry. Every word was carefully crafted and valuable. You have a gift for this and should do more of it. What type of plant would you be?

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