Tended Garden (tanka)

He tended his garden

And little else did he do

Seems a wasted life

But birds who found their Joy there

Spread it wherever they flew

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Hmmm, very interesting. Exactly what is tanka? Sorry, I must have missed the lesson on that, will Google. lol

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Martin, what a happy thought that birds are getting the benefit of his labours and he doesn't give it a thought. Shared, loved it.

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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hmmmm, some know is my comment for this causes me to feel playful. Even though I smile, all was said, a check paid for a meal more than a morsel, except I did not laugh. I see a bird in flight, some say a dove, one knows more like an owl, myth?

Education they says has a cost, one must learn for the other to teach. Psychology says Exchange Theory, me I say, well, I just smile . . .


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web923 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

Few words packed with a great and provocative wisdom. Gardening is my meditation and it's the most pleasurable and rewarding activity (besides writing) that I engage in. This was excellent Martin!

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Love this...it reminded me of the days of my youth when the gardens were tended by Momma and Daddy. The birds loved it so...especially when a nice little earthworm was turned over for them. And newly sewn seeds if not planted just deep enough sometimes provided a buffet.

Thanks for sharing Martin...have a lovely lovely day

Sending many Angels your way this morning :) ps

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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Gorgeous, in a few words, you painted a vast canvas! Love it! lily

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love this too and i love to plant a garden..Love it Martin...

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

And so the gardener contributes much to the beauty of life. Thanks for sharing, Hatter.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Gardeners have the best opportunity to communicate with nature.

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh a beautiful tanka; I will have to try my hand at this .

Great work as always and enjoy your day.


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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

Short and thought provoking

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Derdriu 4 years ago

Martin, It's encouraging, refreshing and sometimes unexpected when something of beauty has a use value far beyond "just" brightening up the environment for oneself.

Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing a tanka, Derdriu

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Awesome for you to bring Joy into this!

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