Gardening of the Soul


Gardening of the soul
is a private affair
between  Master Gardener
and plots in His Care.

It's an internal process
beginning at birth
that continues throughout
each life on this earth.

He plows and prepares
the soil of the heart..
enriching and tilling
cultivating His Art.

It is with passion and
pleasure, indeed,
the Master's own Hand
fondly sows each small seed.

And as with all gardens,
as seedlings appear,
weeds will spring up
defiant, austere...

The Master will, then,
with skill and great care,
patiently pluck all
the weeds He finds there.

He waters with lessons
and feeds with His Grace
nurturing, gardening
Each, His own place.

In each due season,
He prunes, then, with love
patiently, tenderly
He sculpts from above.

With warmth of His Sunlight
each garden thus grows
While The Hand of the Master
His gardens transpose.

And flowers appear
so silent and sweet
their mysterious blossom
The Master's own feat.

Though often unseen
by the garden's own eye,
its delicate flowers
delight passers-by...

with fragrance and beauty
bloom flowers of love...
in the garden once planted
by the Master above.

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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

I so love reading your poems, they are a true mark of inspiration.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, FaithDream. This poem was inspired by saddlerider1...I appreciate your visit and lovely comment!

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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Beautifully Done! If I wanted to make a book of favorite poems it would include this one.

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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

A beautiful poem for one of life's most glorious endeavors, tilling the soil, no matter by hand or by the machine, a most satisfying task indeed.

The results are no less glorious than Michelangelo's David. A single flower carries the weight of the world on its tiny little shoulders.

Thank you so much for reminding me of how much I love it so, my friend.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Christina, I am thrilled! Thank you, my friend!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Will, you are so very welcome! Gardening is, indeed, a labor of Love that yields such beauty! Thank you for your wonderful comment!

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Absolutely brilliant, the Master guided your quill composing his will. Indeed he cultivates and educates all believers, yet gives us our own free will.

Like seeds that are planted he watches us grow into weeds or fine oaks and then harvests the bounty he provided from seedlings.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece, your love empowers you to write with such clarity so all could read and enjoy. Bravo, I applaud you fellow poet.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Your words are humbling, saddlerider...thank you. It is such joy to tell of The Master Gardener's Hand! Thank you for your inspiration! You were part of the plan!

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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

Hi tnderhrt23, A really good poem. It was great to read this.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

michael ely, Thank you! It is good to see you! I so appreciate your read and comment!

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JD Barlow 5 years ago from Southeast US

Thanks for the beautiful poem, tnderhrt23!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

JD, the pleasure is mine! Thank you for the visit and sweet comment!

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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Enjoyed my first visit. I appreciate the easy rhythm of this poem & the message is one that is always needed as a reminder. Thank you. Blessings & encouragement.

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Emily40 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading this, so lovely!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well there is plenty of poetic gardening in your soul that's for sure .....and it's truly a god given talent in its own right!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Ken, I am honored to have you visit, and happy you liked this poem. Blessings and encouragement always welcome too! Back atcha, as well! Thank you!

Emily, thank you. It is always a pleasure to have a visit from you and you always leave such a sweet comment! ((hugs))!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Epi, I am truly amazed that such a overgrown field could be tamed and planted! Only the Hand of God...I am grateful...and grateful for your visit!

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Such a beautiful inspiring poem tnderhrt23.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thanks so much, carrie! I appreciate your comment always!

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

All i can do is shake my head in amazement. Your words lift my soul. You have such a special gift. Thank you and God Bless you. You inspire me to weed my Garden so 'passers-by ' can feel the peace and love within.

Love and Peace

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

My sweet friend, Ruby, your garden shines with beauty that inspires and love that glows! Oft the passers-by see before the garden itself! Thank you!

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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

You described me to a T. How do you do that? I garden, therefore, I am!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

fossillady, gardening is gardening, be it here in the earth, or in the soul! I bet you grow lovely flowers indeed, my sweet friend! I know the flowers that shine through your words are stunning!

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Plarson 5 years ago from Alabama

Yes our lives and our hearts are definitely "molded to perfection by two special hands" -Paul

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

I had to smile at your comment...I fear I am a late bloomer! But then, "better late than never..." teehee

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