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19 November 2016

Restorative

A couple of days of rain.
My jade plant straightens and grows taller.
The rosebush reaches higher, stretches wider.
The gardenia pours forth bloom after bloom.

My jade plant straightens and grows taller.
Its flat round jewels of leaves
glow greener in the sunlight.

The rosebush reaches higher, stretches wider,
looks renewed. Aged and tired in winter,
now it’s a vigorous youngster again.

The gardenia pours forth bloom after bloom
in purest white, stark yet soft, and the perfume
is seduction, is food, is transcendent heaven.


32 comments:

  1. "Transcendent heaven." How wonderful!

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  2. The garden has a wsy of regenerating itself.Very true Rosemary!

    Hank

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  3. Thank you for this walk through your garden

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  4. I can feel the jade plant lifting its arms. Wonderful!

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  5. ah...the magic touch of rain...gorgeous...

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  6. Oh a pretty garden preening in the fresh rain...

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  7. Oooh I absolutely love this!!❤️And just like 'The rosebush reaches higher, stretches wider, looks renewed' I too feel the same! Beautifully penned.

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  8. That sounds like a lot of rain rather than a little! If plants could smile no doubt they would be doing just that there with you after the cyclone.

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    1. Oh, this was written back in the Spring. Months of fierce summer, when a temporary leg problem prevented me from gardening, followed by the recent cyclonic rains, and the garden is now thoroughly wrecked. I'm over it. I am now resolving to put in something very low maintenance instead.

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  9. I long for blooms.. but yet it's cold

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  10. As much as, I love flower gardens, Rosemary, I think, I will avoid your place, given my long list of environmental allergies. Not ready for Spring or Summer, here, where everyone and their neighbour are playing flowers. Sigh.

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  11. I would love to walk through that garden...it sounds incredibly peaceful. Lovely!

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  12. It's amazing what a little rain can do -- a wonderful metaphor for blooming in the garden and in life :)

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  13. reaching higher, stretching wider sometimes watering is needed for growth.

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    1. I think working in a garden regenerates the soul,

      Elizabeth

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  15. My mother's favorite quote "One is closer to God in a garden, than anywhere else on earth". So true! Love your words!

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  16. Oh, a couple days of rain can make all the difference for a world that is just waiting to wake up to spring. To see a rosebush return to life is a beautiful thing....

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  17. It is really special to see the extra little perk well loved plants get after a good watering.

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  18. I have large jades planted all around my apartment's "porch." They are like trees (or bushes) now. I know how you feel about the rain, CA was in a drought (terrible) for years and this year we've gotten so much rain that it erased the drought away. It feels so good but then I feel guilty wondering when it will "go away."

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  19. Beautiful and restorative--what a great title for this!

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  20. This describes such beauty. Each morning I go out and see how my rosebushes, gardenias and other flowers are growing. It really soothes the soul and does have a feeling of transcendence.

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  21. Reading this, especially the first stanza, I was struck by how much wisdom and strength we could gain from emulating what grows in your garden, Rosemary :-)

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  22. The longing, stretching, heightening! Heaven.

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  23. This piece really expresses how growing things awaken, and call forth, so many of our senses and evoke a feeling of life-affirmation. Lovely!

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  24. Amazing what rain can do for a garden (or a desert), isn't it?

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  25. What a cool form you used for this poem. Enjoyed it!

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