When My Knees Pop It's Time To Stop

Out in The Yard

Bending and raking

Digging a hole

More raking wouldn't you know

Reaching and stretching

It doesn't stop there

Cutting the grass one way

Then going the opposite way for spots I missed

Along the fence

Up against a tree or a bush

Then comes along the wind

Usually my friend

Now the wind is my foe

Stop stop I yell

Your making a mess

I am cleaning up the yard and your making it twice as hard

I love the smell of fresh cut grass

It gives me a natural high

Thinking of what I want to do next

Watering the flowers and trees

Looking around to make sure no one is watching

Talking to them as they can hear me

Here is some water for you and you

You look thirsty

Admiring an old tree

I wonder how long your roots are

We haven't had rain in weeks

Your branches reaching in all directions

You were born way before me

If you could talk what stories you could tell

I would listen every day as the squirrels would jump

The birds would sit and sing

Putting wonderful music to your words

Then as the day turns dark I would leave you

Tomorrow is another day and I will be back

So we can pick up where you left off







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tsmog 7 months ago from Escondido, CA

I appreciate the connection made between you and the garden poetically. There is its own sense of spirituality to it as the garden speaks its language. Reading this poem my emotions of heart are touched of the fondness of my garden. Watching it grow up has been a delight . . .


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Tsmog Working around the yard and caring for plants and helping them grow. Such a satisfying feeling. Thank you for reading and sharing. What do you grow in your garden and in your yard? Have a wonderful night.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

I wish I had a green thumb! LOL. I do love listening to the birds and watching the squirrels though. I used to be able to call them to me. I haven't tried that in years. May e I should.


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Michael-Milec 7 months ago

Obvious and encouraging a very practical" working out" regenerating most of the muscles , rejuvenating soul with creative mind and reaching inner peace seeing successful end of the day. You've done it all. Kind of my 'recreational' day working in garden or yard. Just a joy to live alive.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Most creative poetry. Your poem makes me think of my own pleasure and pain - sweet smell of fresh mowed grass, how wonderful a time to pass, in my own garden doing this and that, till the stabbing pain of my sciatica gets down and out....


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Michael-Milec Working my body in a rythm of nature and life. I let myself really feel the earth under my feet. See how life is. Gypsy Rose Lee I feel great and then I feel an ache. Oops time to stop before I drop. (Lol) For a little while I felt unstoppable. Then reality set in.Thank you both for reading and sharing.


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie I think you have a purple thumb. That's really special that means you can communicate to the plants and animals. Because you have such a gift you might not be able to grow plants as easy. With practice it can develop into a purple and green thumb that's so rare. I wish I was you. Tell me more. Your comment came up under my story not under my comments. Listed as spam or not. I clicked on of course not. Thank you for your comment from 2 days ago.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Oh. Maybe HP thought it was out of place. No big deal. But if you want to call a squirrel, try getting low to the ground and making clicking noises, kind of like a mouse, I guess. I don't know how to describe it. Mimicking the sounds they make when communicating with each other. You can hear it when they play. Or one time, I had an angry squirrel yelling at me for sitting too close to her best. She started throwing things at me, too. I didn't even know her best was in that tree. All I wanted was to write a letter to someone! Cute as they are, they can be quite mean.

As for plants, I can barely keep a cactus alive so seems. But I want a garden so I keep trying!


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie I will try it. When I move close they run away. Cactus plants don't need a lot of water. They grow easily like rubber plants. Let me know how it goes. Try it with your husband see what plant grows better. Make it a fun competition.I like taking flowers outside and put them in pots. They die most of the time. Then I take pictures and try it all over again. Try growing mint easy to grow and you can eat it. It's good for you. Thank you for your suggestions and friendship.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

I meant nest, not best in my previous comment. But you just have to be still and let them satisfy their own curiosity. Sudden movement will scare them off again before they get too close.

Your plant experiences sound like mine. LOL


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie So many experiences to share. Come here you cute squirrel. O.k. I didn't want to talk to you any way.thank you for reading and sharing.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

In regards to language. Let's begin with Have a great day - in Latvian Lai tev laba diena. Perhaps a sentence per post, per comment.


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee Lai tev laba diena and may all your dreams be exciting and wonderful. I would like that a lot. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

LOL. That's exactly the eYe it is!


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie It's so nice to have a teacher that is creative and encouraging. I like the eYe you think outside the box. I'm making my list on a separate piece of paper.Thank you for all your help and support.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Hashanah! Thanks for the laugh. I tried to say that's exactly the way it is but somehow you got something totally different. I am having to use my phone to do anything online and it messes things up faster than I can do it myself!


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

P.S. Thanks for liking the way I think. I find that it can and does get me into a lot of trouble sometimes when trying to communicate with others.


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Shanmarie I thought you were replacing the word way with a Latvian word eYe . I said you made it so it could mean only that. I was wrong. It still is a great way to learn from our comments and teach me. Maybe we could try it again this time put the word in ( ) here is an example. I love to take early morning walks.( Latvian word) right after it. The funny thing is I told my wife honey the word for way is eYe in Latvian and I was repeating it a few times. The written language can be a challenge especially when I am learning it. I have fun no matter what. Thanks for explaining and we both had a good laugh. Thank you for sharing.


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Shanmarie I like your honesty.It makes me see a different angle and have a greater understanding. I personally make lots of mistakes and I know I am always learning. I like to do it with fun and games instead of strict discipline and an iron fist. I rather be happy than sad and I want people to feel the same way. I am going outside to cut the grass and do some Spring cleaning fixing up the yard. I start too many projects and they take time to finish.Life gets in the way. Like a fly that keeps buzzing by my head and won't go away. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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Michael-Milec 6 months ago

way to go Michael, 'I rather be happy than sad';

one is by choice, the other we can shun away from.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

Oh, I see. You mixed me up with Rasma. If she's reading, maybe she will have a good laugh too. :)


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Michael-Milec Every day can bring on a world of happiness. So many people are looking at the bad things in life and that's all they see. Thank you for sharing. Shanmarie I mixed you up and that's what I get when trying comment when I am tired. I have so much fun talking to everyone. Gypsy Rose Lee is teaching me Latvian . I say more the merrier. Thanks for enjoying..Have a swell night.


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Nellieanna 6 months ago from TEXAS

This is a lovely poem, Michael. It's straightforward, but it also contains some subtle truths.

The last lines, for example. . . ". . .Tomorrow is another day and I will be back So we can pick up where you left off . . . "

It is saying that you'll both pick up but it was the tree who left it off.


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Nellieanna I feel the interaction with the plant world. We both are alive and living in the same world. Not different like most people think.I believe we are connected to all kinds of life plant, animal or other. Some we just can't explain. Thanks so much for reading.


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Nellieanna 6 months ago from TEXAS

I think so. I name my plants and talk to them. When we get right down to it, all life is a wondrous force we don't fully understand, but it's all connected at its roots. It's simply kept on diversifying to produce the various forms it has taken on this planet, from microscopic organisms, plants, insects and all the kinds of animals up to humans.


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Nellieanna I am fascinated by the whole idea of living and breathing that is automatic . We have little control even though it's life or death at any moment. Thank you for caring.


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Nellieanna 6 months ago from TEXAS

Yes, we don't realize how much of the most essential parts of what happens is automatic. We may think we are in control and have choices, and we do up to a point, but our very life is automatic - until it's not.


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Nellieanna To live a healthy life and keep a positive attitude. When our body aches we have to push through. Thank you.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

Good for you for learning from her and for her for being willing to teach. It's good to have a laugh. I must look for humor, especially when things overwhelm me or I feel worse. Friends make the pad lighter simply by finding humor together.


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Shanmarie Friendships are wonderful. We are all on earth to help each other. Some people try to spoil it by doing harm and causing destruction. Those people deserve no respect or attention. There are so many wonderful people that make every day exciting and interesting. Your thoughts and views often help me. I hope more people will understand life is not a competition but a team effort. The news and media try to convince us differently. Thank you for all your comments and friendship.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

Thank you. Those words are very meaningful to me. As much as I would love to do more for others, most of the time all I have to offer is a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on or cry on. When I think of all that I have gone through, the thing I really needed most was just the support and love of someone who cared unconditionally. We spend so much time putting our best face forward, but sometimes we just need to be cared for in spite of the not so good feelings. And when they pass, the love is all the greater for those who didn't care if you were on your knees struggling to stand.

But I am finding out more and more just how rare that kind of bond really is. The closer people are, the harder it is. And it only takes one mistake or difference in perception to unravel it all. It's almost easier to be that kind of friend to people who never really know the intimate details. There's a beauty in that thought, but also a sort of sadness.


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Shanmarie When I think about the limited time we have here on earth. I cringe when I look back at the time, effort and energy waisted by so many people making life a struggle and causing other people heartache, sadness and pain. Life would be better spent finding those who care and bring out the best in each other. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

I agree. Sometimes people even bring out parts of me I didn't know I liked or needed.


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Shanmarie Now is a good time to celebrate you. All your mistakes and short comings have led you to the exact wonderful, caring, compassionate, understanding person you are. Every day forward think of yourself first not in a conceded , self centered way. A loving and deserving person who has wonderful gifts to share with the world. Thank you so much for reading.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

Same to you!


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DREAM ON 6 months ago Author

Shanmarie Unless we try we will never know what beautiful things we can do and share. Have a great weekend. Thanks so much for reading and sharing. SHELLS


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

Ain't that the truth! Haha. I had one of those experiences just yesterday, as a matter of fact. And I am still in awe. Sort of makes me feel like I did in college when I thought the world was my oyster. Or when I started interacting with music artists in Nashville. The possibilities are endless.

It's difficult when other people become our biggest challenge in life to overcome. But there are sometimes even ways around that and if I don't try, that makes me my own biggest challenge. Ha!

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