Linda Ori

(08/13/1945 / UTAH)

! If Life Were A Garden

If life were a garden................
Mine would be lush and green,
Filled with roses of remembrance,
Snapdragons for my children,
Lillies of the valley for my teardrops
Tulips for my friends, each a different hue;

If life were a garden.................
Mine would be warm and sunny,
Rich with love and friendship
Ripe with fragrant blossoms
A rainbow colored tapestry
Of intricate design;

If life were a garden.................
Mine would be constantly changing,
Young buds beginning their journey,
Climbers extending their reach,
Mature flowers basking in sunshine
Older ones dipping their heads;

If life were a garden...................
Mine would be short on regrets,
A few scattered weeds to remind me
That nothing is perfect by far,
And raindrops are part of the growing -
My flowers bloom best where they are.


Submitted: Friday, May 16, 2008
Edited: Friday, May 16, 2008

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  • Stephen Stirk (3/2/2009 8:20:00 AM)

    Beautiful way of thinking. Having such thoughts is great, putting them onto paper is greater. Your work is very touching. I know this is one of your older ones, but I've been reading througn them, probably back to front
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  • C. P. Sharma (12/5/2008 1:54:00 AM)

    Outstanding word painting with lilting music playing all through. Life is really a kaleidoscopic garden. you weave it soooooooooo beautifully.
    CP (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (5/25/2008 8:06:00 PM)

    Midnight, WoW! This piece flows, and flounces, like silken drapes, against a fresh spring breeze. Your product quality, (since you retrieved your lost pen, which you only found, after i prayed to St. Anthony for 40 days & nights) is more than impressive...and this particular piece borderlines the threshold of my definition of ''Accomplished Work'', something most all of us, including myself, in particular, are yet to achieve.Outstanding example of Contemporaryn American
    Poetics, my dear! .
    Misplace yir pen again... and you're going to have to deal with my saintly friend Tony....all by yourself....and you know how angry Italians can be!

    ~ FjR ~
    ..2008.. (Report) Reply

  • R H (5/18/2008 12:21:00 PM)

    A vibrant array of thoughts and images planted by a fertile imagination - the reference to the snapdragons took me straight back to my childhood - and have inspired me to plant some in mine.Thanks for this uplifting poem full of the fragrance and colour of life. justine. (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (5/17/2008 5:43:00 AM)

    a wonderful garden, must your's be this! full of beautiful flowers most essential in life! one ten for your garden! (Report) Reply

  • Anita Atina (5/16/2008 2:10:00 PM)

    And you would be the loveliest rose of them all. Wonderful poem Linda.
    Anita (Report) Reply

  • Abha Sharma (5/16/2008 10:46:00 AM)

    Life is but a garden…where
    Spring is happy and gay
    Life is a Garden where sometimes
    Autumn do display
    Life is a garden where sun and dews
    Alternately welcoming the bloom
    …………….a soul soothing poem with perfect stanzas, the refrain imparting music and above all lush green imagery…
    Abha (Report) Reply

  • Stone Granite (5/16/2008 8:41:00 AM)

    Imaginative and expressive, ‘If life were a garden’ I’d plant your poem in the dirt in hopes of growing your rosy insight. Thanks for sharing, it made me feel good.

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  • Alison Cassidy (5/16/2008 2:21:00 AM)

    Beauty, wisdom and a joyful spirit (together with a fine poetic ear) combine to produce a poem that lightens this rather gloomy autumn afternoon. Bless you for your optimism and your scattered weeds. Love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

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