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Past His Gate
by Melissa C. Rives

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

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I walked past the garden
he’d carefully planted
While sun’s rays through fences
upon grass was slanted.

The view brought to mind
how the heart is affected…
When tended with care
it’s the joy that’s reflected.

I saw not a weed
had invaded his flowers…
How his hands must have
weeded and tilled them for hours.

I imagined the barren
before he’d awakened…
The fertile, a canvas
that once was forsaken.

Now dancing with color
alive with the breeze…
A sacred safe harbor
for both birds and bees.

I caught just a glimpse
of his back as he bent…
And I smiled knowing he
had achieved his content.

For a man can be strong
even holding a flower…
And the one planting seeds
knows the feel of its power.

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/21/2003
well said
Reviewed by Robert Montesino 6/20/2003
Being an avid gardener, this is one of my favorites, your last stanza perfect, ending this piece in a way that ties everthing else together. Wonderful poem!
Reviewed by Rodney Bohen 5/9/2003
I enjoyed this piece very much, I must say I enjoy your work sincerely, stapled in individual colors, scented like none but you. I respect an awful lot, when i find something truly distinct, it shows me it truly came from within, rather than without, I enjoy your heart, and the singing it produces upon parchment,Please know this about me, I do not mix words nor does flattery know my mind, please know my sincereity when I state, I feel your writing on a differing level than most!In the old days i reckon we just called it soul! Maybe not very flowery, but nevertheless i think you may just know what i mean. You as well have a flow which appears natural rather than composed.Rare and good.
Rodney Evan Bohen

I imagined the barren
before he’d awakened…
The fertile, a canvas
that once was forsaken.
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 5/8/2003
This is so calming, and your flow is always like a peaceful song!
The last stanza...
"For a man can be strong
even holding a flower…
And the one planting seeds
knows the feel of its power."
I love the way that made me feel!

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/8/2003
Beautiful poetry Melissa!!
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 5/8/2003
What wonderful feeling and emotion this retains as well as gives...Beautiful!
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 5/8/2003
Melissa, This is just magnificent! Thank You! ~Joseph
Reviewed by rachel 5/8/2003
melissa ur poetry is so beautifull. it very relaxes u. its a beautifull poem
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/8/2003
This was so softly beautiful to read this morning, lovely poem,

Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/8/2003
Melissa, it is a beautiful garden He tends and He has found a wonderful flower in you.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/7/2003
There is nothing like a garden to ease away cares. Lovely work. Bravo.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/7/2003
stunning work a garden as only He can tend it...
Reviewed by Eroica Mendoza 5/7/2003
always... your works touch my soul.
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 5/7/2003
Beautiful poetry as always Melissa
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 5/7/2003
You have wonderful insight.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 5/7/2003
"For a man can be strong
even holding a flower…
And the one planting seeds
knows the feel of its power. "
Reviewed by jude forese 5/7/2003
he who gardens the world, nutures it like a provider only can... great write!
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 5/7/2003
Gosh Katy, leave it to me to use a word improperly! I really hadn't even noticed...the muse just takes over....glad you liked it though!
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 5/7/2003
Oh, Melissa.. this is absolutely one of the gentlest, most quietly beautiful writes I've read in a long while.. I love how you used the adjective "fertile" as a noun.. poetry grows and prospers when we explore words in different ways, I believe.. I had such 'mind pictures' here.. such a peaceful feeling. Wonderful work. katy.
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