A Poem about Gardens:"My Garden Of Delight"

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My Garden Of Delight

by John Hansen © 2014


As I perchance to stroll

Midst your erotic scented blooms,

My senses are assailed

And deep desires are moved.


French lavender stands inviting,

Like Venus rising from the foam.

Licked by tiny flames of red hot pokers

Beckoning, seducing.


While the wide green fronds

Of windmill palms

Hover like giant fans

Behind which gossips hide.


A row of yellow tulips

With heads held high,

Dancing a tango,

Invoking thoughts of lovers' passion.


The Mother-in-law's tongue

With long pointed leaves.

Its horns of lust beckoning

The path to temptation.


Delicate forget-me-nots

Shed their tiny petals,

Like some torn up

Tell-tale love letter.


One lonely ruby-red rose bleeds,

Within it's thorns,

Like a broken heart,

Stabbed by blood soaked daggers.


And the pretty poet's jasmine

With flowers of starry white,

Overtakes me with it's scent,

In my garden of delight.

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Jane Arden 2 years ago

Beautiful John. It reminded me of a summer's day walking through Queen Mary's Gardens in London. We don't have much sun here - so thank you for brightening up our current winter for me today.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for being the first to read and comment on this hub Jane. I'm glad it reminded you of a walk through Queen Mary's Gardens on a Summers day. It has been so hot here, with most of the state declared drought ravaged. Hopefully we get rain soon.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

How different this planet is on other sides of the world. We're having constant flooding. I wish I could share some of our rain with you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Mmm, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could redirect climate to where it is needed most? When we eventually get rain it is most likely to be so much it floods.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for letting me stroll through your garden of delight. Enjoyed the variety of flowers and colors. Thank you.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

As we try to unlock ourselves from the chains of winter here in the States, this poem is the perfect medicine to take. Good work my friend.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure MsDora, thank you for taking a stroll with me.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your garden of desire is delightful! Thank you..


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Bill, I sometimes forget you have been in the throws of an incredibly cold Winter. I'm glad this poem helped to bring a little colour and warmth to you. Thanks for commenting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure to share always exploring. Thank you for visiting.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Wonder whether your garden is also delighted by your beautiful poetry ? Just tell those awesome flowers in your garden that their beauty and fragrance have charmed the hearts of many through your lovely poem and they also love to be amidst them.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Harishprasad, your words are two kind. I'm glad you like the flowers and my poetry. Thank you for your generous comments and for reading my hubs.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thank you around here we are in a major drought so we really need your pictures to keep us cheerful. And to share them through your words is a special treat thank you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure Eric, anything I can do to cheer people up is a plus. Thank you for your generous comment. Hope your drought breaks soon.


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Nikkij504gurl 2 years ago from Louisiana

Lovely. Very descriptive. And beautiful floral imagery


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b. Malin 2 years ago

Jodah, you've painted with your words, such a lovely and enchanting Poem for all to Enjoy. I Love the Pictures you've chosen as well. Let the Sun shine in, and you have!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Sounds like a floral high when even the mother-in-law sounds tempting, lol. Beautiful as always! ^


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

I can smell the scents as you walk through your garden; beautiful! Ann


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Love it! I like giving personification to flowers, and have done so in some of my hubs. Good job!


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Levertis Steele 2 years ago from Southern Clime

What similes! Great work!


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Beautiful poetry and photography, thank you for sharing this delight for the senses. Jamie


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Nikki and for your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

So good to see you b.Malin, thanks for reading and your wonderful comment. Glad to let the sun shine in for you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Jackie, I wasn't sure about including 'mother in law's tongue' with that description but something made me. Thanks for you compliment though.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ann, if only technology had advanced enough to capture scents in a poem. I tried my best. Thanks so much.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Rebecca and your generous comment. Now I have to visit your hubs to check out your flowers.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Levertis, glad you appreciated them. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jamie, always great to get your kind comments. Glad it touched your senses, thanks for reading.


Rayne123 2 years ago

Hi Jodah how are you, have not been on in while, but hoping to stay on very soon, however very beautiful poetry such vivid pictures in ones mind.

Very relaxing and the pictures are just lovely.

Blessings

Laurie


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Love your garden of delight and there is a lot of passion going on there, especially when spring hits. Reminds me of my passionate garden spring poem. Up and more and sharing.

Have a lovely evening,

Faith Reaper


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Tony DeLorger 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Nice imagery John, and a pleasing result. Great work mate!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Laurie, great to see you. It's been awhile, look forward to seeing more of you soon. Thank you for your kind comments. Blessings back to you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Faith, yes lots of passion...lol. I'll have to go check out your spring poem. Thanks for the vote up and share.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Tony, thanks for visiting and reding this. A positive comment from an accomplished poet like yourself means a lot.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Very creative, Jodah. I enjoyed this garden of delight. I love tulips, and especially liked this line…

"A row of yellow tulips

With heads held high,

Dancing a tango,

Invoking thoughts of lovers' passion..."

This poetry truly makes me look forward to spring in these sub zero temps. :-)


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wow, can I just say that this poem does something....quivery....to me! As I read the first bit, I was thinking "Geez, this guy is quite the romantic", but further down, I thought it was just lovely poetry and rhymed well. Here's my favourite part because the imagery stood out to me:

While the wide green fronds

Of windmill palms

Hover like giant fans

Behind which gossips hide.

Beautiful poem, so voted beautiful. Will have to have a go at a romantic poem of my own sometime and you're just the person to make me want to do it (write the poem, I mean!)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Genna, It seems that my writing of this poem was very timely with the sub-zero Winter cold snap being experienced by most in the Northern Hemisphere at present. I am glad to bring a little sunshine tou you and others and direct your thoughts to Spring. Thank you for your kind comments.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Well Suzanne, what can I say! I guess I have my moments at being romantic, though maybe not as much as I used to...lol. I'm glad you enjoyed the imagery, and it's good how different people connect with different verses.Thank you for voting up as beautiful. I actually would have preferred to be able to make the poem rhyme throughout, but in this one I wanted to concentrate more on the imagery and personification. I'm glad this poem made you "want to do it"...lol...(write a romantic poem). I look forward to reading that, I'm sure you'll do a great job.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

LOL will let you know when the big event happens!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

you my friend are a true poet...wow :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow Frank, that's my lifelong ambition. Thanks you.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a great tribute to the plant kingdom. You inspired me to write about my garden. Thanks.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Why thank you Nadine, I look forward to reading about your garden now. Glad you enjoyed this.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

That is quite some garden you have, Jodah. Sounds like they need a bucket of water splashed upon them. Just kidding. I liked your poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Flourish, they sure do haven't had rain for ages, but when they get that you just can't control them. Thank you :)


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

I agree with Bilybuc...seeing your lovely choice of photos and reading your beautiful descriptions as you walk through your garden certainly helps warm the soul that's about frozen here!

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for the lovely comments and the vote up tillsontitan, I hope everything starts to warm and thaw there soon.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago from Arkansas

Sounds like spring when all the flowers are making love (not the words my husband uses, but he can be crude when he’s sneezing). Our daffodils were blooming last week through the snow. Right now they are at their peak and just beautiful. I think I would love your garden.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow MizBejabbers, those daffodils poking through the snow would be an amazing sight. Unfortunately we have been suffering drought with virtually no rain since January, so the garden isn't looking it's best right now. Fortunately rain is predicted this coming week. Haha I can imagine what your husband says the plants are doing in Spring, especially if he is in the middle of a hay fever attack. Thanks for reading.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

You are correct John, I enjoed this poem too! :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this one as well. I do appreciate it.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Such a beautifully worded and vivid description of "your garden of desire." The lovely photos are a coat of many colors which add to this exquisite poem. Thank you, jodah, for bringing me such joy! Votes up ++ and pinning and sharing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Aw Audrey, thank you for enjoying this poem so much. Thanks for the votes, pin and share too.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Ah such a write for the senses--beautiful John


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

All the Audrey's are reading this hub..haha. Thank you for your kind words Audrey H. Glad you enjoyed this.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

This poem is very erotic -- I imagined it was a cool and pleasant day as your words painted the garden. I find your opening photo very meaningful and symbolic. I love those tall leafless pink flowers with the brownish stem. I had some in a garden years ago. They are called "Naked Ladies" over here. Lovely poem, Jodah. Thanks for allowing us to follow you through the garden.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Audrey. Oh, and I love your new profile pic.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much Phyllis. Yes, the erotic effect is what I wanted to achieve from this one. Glad it worked. Thanks for letting me know the name of those flowers too...naked ladies makes sense...being minus leaves..lol.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

P.s. We call them Rain Lillie's because they only flower following rain.


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ocfireflies 13 months ago from North Carolina

John,

This ranks as one of my all-time favorites. Such incredible imagery and such creativity. Voted up, pinned, shared for all to enjoy.

Blessings,

Kim


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Kim, "one of your all time favourites"..really? Wow! I am so glad to hear it. This was something a little different from me as I don't normally put such effort into my descriptions. So glad it worked for you. Thanks for voting, pinning and sharing.


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Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

Love, love, flowers, especially the ones that grow wild. This is a very pretty and well written poem, really beautiful! :)


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Missy, so glad you found this poem "beautiful." Yes, I can't imagine a world without flowers. It would be a very dull place. Thanks for reading.


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Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Lovely lovely lovely from a keen gardener


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Nadine, much appreciated.


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anemixflarie 13 months ago

lovely all the way! I love how you capture the essence of each flower! just outstanding! loved it :) and Thank you for following me! Jodah! I am sure to read your poems! I find them inviting and beautiful!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ximena, I appreciate your kind comment and it is a pleasure to follow a fellow poet. I look forward to reading more of your work.


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AudreyHowitt 13 months ago from California

Beautiful write John! You are a creative soul!


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jodah.....Lovely, delightful, sweet and sensual.......I like it!...UP+++


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Audrey, I appreiate your positive comment.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Paula, those were the things I was aiming for. Glad you liked this poem.


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Surabhi Kaura 2 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Whoa! You know, this poem of yours was appearing on the right side of one of my hubs, and the title captured my attention, and so I entered into your lovely Garden (smile). What a graceful poem! Such elegant words… so, so lovely! Jodah, you are very dear to me. I send you my Heart of Love, my Sweet Pal. Hugs! Loved this hub of yours. Garden of Delight indeed :)


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Jodah 2 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

What a surprise! To see a comment on this hub "my Garden of Delight", the first in 11 months, and then to see it was from my beautiful Surabhi. An added bonus. This is not my usual style of poem as I concentrated more on the visual descriptions than any rhyme scheme etc. I am glad it resonated with you, my dear one.

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