The garden of life

Roses have faded
Petals fallen
Blackberries picked
And jam’d

Youths garden becomes
Maturities briar patch
Rent-thorns. Bill prickers
Obligation stickers scratch and tear

Leather gloves, sickles, clippers
Keep the weedy world at bay,
There is a sadness in the cutting
And a deep joy in the tending

20171021, after Blake
The mini-challenge at Real Toads is to leverage blakes last line of the garden of love: “to bind with briars my joys and desires”, and to keep it short, 12 lines or less.

20 thoughts on “The garden of life

  1. Blackberries can be ornery critters but so worth the reward. I always feel sad when I have to cut off dead canes but those buggers scratch and bite! I like the first stanza a lot in that it tells of summer now at an end. And I really like the last stanza – joy and sorrow mixed into one function.

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  2. I can almost taste the bitterness after the jam in the lines
    ‘Youths garden becomes
    Maturities briar patch
    Rent-thorns. Bill prickers
    Obligation stickers scratch and tear’
    as well as the
    ‘…sadness in the cutting
    And a deep joy in the tending’.

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