Now I Understand


I sat upon the porch today
with coffee cup in hand,
took some time to greet the day,
to contemplate the planned.
The air was crisp and fragrant,
alive with tunes of bird.
Pinkish rays of sunlight peeked,
as life, renewed, now stirred.
Awareness dawned within my heart
in the language of the soul,
awakened all my senses to
the Master Planter's goal.
I heard the faintest whisper
in the hollows of my heart,
the answers I'd so long pursued
appeared, to hope impart.
It happened in an instant
when instinctively I knew...
The purpose I was born for
though, buried deep inside me, grew.
Within my heart was planted
the smallest seed, so long ago,
a seed the Planter'd chosen
for the garden of my soul.
With tender care and nurture,
that tiny seed had taken root.
Golden sun light, washed with rain
had birthed a tender shoot.
With time, that shoot had flourished,
tended by the Planter's hand.
Then, came the time for pruning,
an act i couldn't understand.
But gently and so lovingly
the Planter pruned with care.
Before I could recover,
a leafy stem developed there,
and tiny little buds appeared
on the fragile breath of spring.
They slowly grew, unfolding
into blooms to grace the king.
It was the seed of love that grew
to blossom in my soul.
To share with all who venture
into my garden, is my role.
Though it seems simplistic,
this role for which I'm cast,
I, lovingly, embrace with joy
now, thankful for the past.
The knowledge of the Planter's joy,
as I sit with cup in hand,
resonates within my heart
and now I understand.

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dianeaugust 5 years ago from Tennessee

tndert23--Well, this poem is stunning--the message, the pictures, the phrasing--can I say EVERYTHING about it. And yes, you have found your purpose, you are supposed to share your self, your garden of words. How blessed we are to read them! I knew your words had been affecting me when I started thinking in rhyme while in the shower! See the effect you have!! What a beautfiul garden is yours! da

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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya my dear friend tnderhrt, this is so beautiful. You are so talented to write with such passion that comes out from simple words put together to create a fascinating art. I can't wait to read more of your awesome poems.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

dianeaugust, i feel so humbled by your words...I have spent my whole life regretting who i am...until recently when God in His infinite kindness and mercy...opened my eyes and heart to what He intended me to the age of 57. I can do none but share the joy brought to me. That it touches you moves my heart to tears. On a lighter note, thinking in rhyme is a hoot! and in the shower no less! I wake up thinking in rhyme! and go to sleep the little brain is an echo chamber! Makes for decent poetry, at least! lol...welcome to my world, my dear poet friend!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Rosie! my sweet hub friend, thank you so much! Such sweet praise is overwhelming to me! I am honored...I haven't seen you much of late, and have missed your bubbly self!

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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

Beautiful Poem..very beautiful indeed.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Ahhh, Mr.W.K. Hayes, you have been missed here in Comment Land...thank you kindly. Welcome back.

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Pixel-Alchemist 5 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

My Dear Friend Tender heart.

I really do not think there are words to describe how beautiful this poem is. Once more you have captured in perfect prose one of life's moments, when the realization that the Divine has a plan for you, and suddenly in an instant you see your life stretched out and everything makes sense, and though hard it has been all worthwhile. Your words make my heart and soul sing with Joy

another "I just had to share this poem on facebook moment"

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maticmagister 5 years ago from Slovenia

i was left speechless... i feel the same way...

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

PA, thank you does not do it, for you! This one is a divine write...words from the very Source Himself...I am so very grateful!

maticmagister, there is something so fulfilling and joyful about spiritual connection with another human being. I am thrilled to know that you connected!

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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

Howdy tnderhrt23 - and how about my cup of coffee to sit on the porch here and enjoy the day with you. Such an enjoyable stack of thoughts in words. Thanks.

Gus :-)))

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Gus! I would love to have coffee with you!

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Emily40 5 years ago

This is very beautiful and lovely pictures too.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Now i understand. It is his hand that guides you. How very beautiful.

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Such a beautiful and heartfelt poem, it brought tears to my eyes tnderhrt23. I will bookmark so I can refer to it often, thank you.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

always, I truly believe it is, and have only just realized it in my deepest heart has been life altering. Thanks for your lovely comment!

Carrie, thank you for your sweet comment! I am so glad it touched you!

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Shelvajay 5 years ago from If You Know Me Personally, You Know Where I Am...

This touched my heart tonight! Thank you for sharing!!!!!

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erthfrend 5 years ago from Florida

This was so incredibly beautiful I dont even have the words to express it to the extent that Im feeling!!! Simply amazing. I absolutely love the basis of the poem, the words you used, the style, everything about it was exceptional and really moved me. I can read this over and over again, what a treasure!!!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

erthfrend, and i cant find the words to adequately thank you! The message in this poem is for me, and anyone else who listens..Thanks for reading!

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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

This is a lovely piece. I feel that I am sitting right there and can hear the birds and feel the breeze.

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samiaali 5 years ago

Hey tnderhrt23, This is absolutely beautiful! Your words read like a beautiful song. I loved it! :)

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Shelvajay, I am so happy! Thanks for your sweet comment!

CMCastro, that is just awesome. I love it when words can carry the reader to another place...thanks so much!

samiaali, thank you so very much!

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Very good and love the flow.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

I love this and SO true! It reminds me of that saying 'pain is the touchstone to all spiritual progress' Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem :0)

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epigramman 5 years ago

...well the words that you plant and nurture in each one of your poems is a joy!!!!

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Mike's Corner 5 years ago from Maryland

Wow. Amazing job -- terrific poem. Well done.

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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

This is beautiful. Love your writing style.

RosieFielding 5 years ago

deep thoughts brought to the surface while sitting on the porch, I am glad to read your beautiful words , very nice indeed.

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