Mary Spain


Homes Or Gardens? - Poem by Mary Spain

I'm sure they would be happier outside;
You're sure they would give greater joy indoors.
I'm certain they would take far greater pride
In brightening the earth; you plead the cause
Of wards in hospitals, and brides' bouquets,
And city churches where the weary go,
And drab bed-sitters that knew better days...
Until, defeated, I - who help them grow,
And marvel as each shoot breaks through the soil,
And plan the borders with green-fingered care
That every specimen should be a foil
To best display the others growing there -
Am silenced. Cut them if you must; but take
Your scissors gently, for the garden's sake.


Comments about Homes Or Gardens? by Mary Spain

  • Adeline Foster (8/25/2016 3:06:00 PM)


    What a lovely gardener's poem. It says it all so succinctly. Read mine - In Season -
    Adeline
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  • (1/5/2010 10:01:00 PM)


    I'm certain they would take far greater pride
    In brightening the earth - This is an amazing verse, open to many a broder interpretations esp when our politicians are fighting like dogs over a need for greener and cooler earth.....


    And drab bed-sitters that knew better days... another marvel of simple words yet containing a depth of meaning in them...readers would jump with joy on this... music to the ears ...

    Until, defeated, I - who help them grow,
    And marvel as each shoot breaks through the soil,
    And plan the borders with green-fingered care
    That every specimen should be a foil

    beautiful phrase, presenting a powerful contrast, creating a lovely, pleasing image before the eyes. this has love for plants, lives and earth...I loved the phrase Green Fingered care....

    To best display the others growing there -
    Am silenced. Cut them if you must; but take
    Your scissors gently, for the garden's sake.

    The ending is just apt, superb and heartwarming. This poem is a metaphor for life itself, this is open to sa many maenings and interpretations that one can keep spinning a web of imagination till infinity... You are a gifted writer...Thanks for sharing your work...wow is the word and 10 is the score....
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  • (9/9/2009 10:10:00 AM)


    Homes or Gardens, but with care. Beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Sarwar Chowdhury (10/29/2008 4:25:00 AM)


    Eloquent..........finely penned.....captured a lot......10+ (Report) Reply

  • Ashraful Musaddeq (9/20/2008 3:57:00 AM)


    A nicely composed poem, lucid and beautiful metaphors,10 for it. (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (9/3/2008 9:50:00 AM)


    Green-fingered care - how wonderfully you describe the ordinary Mary. Keep up your writing do. (Report) Reply

  • Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (8/29/2008 1:58:00 AM)


    i bet your home and garden were the best you've ever had created.could spare some space for me? nice piece mary. (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2007 2:04:00 AM)


    Tender. Thoughtful, You plead the flowers case. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 4, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 21, 2010


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