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Bloom Where You're Planted

Updated on March 20, 2011
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"Bloom where you're planted",
my mama did say,
as I yearned to uproot
and, root-bound, make away...
My dreams were afar
and enshrined in a cloud...
"Bloom where you're planted"
she'd still chant aloud.
And I'd think to myself,
"I am better than this...
my garden of choice
echos no serpent's hiss!"
Yet, all she could say was
"Bloom, darlin, bloom!
Blossom with joy, not with
grudging and gloom!"
And I'd shake my head
in bewildered amaze...
what does she know
of my Destiny's gaze?"


Youth is deceptive,
arrogant, fleet...
and all too damned often,
dreams never do meet
reality's presence and
vanish in cloud...but still
I can hear her voice
ringing out loud...
"Bloom where you're planted,
Girl, bloom for the King!"
and I'd stand mystified
by the tune she would sing.


And then she was taken
to enter new gates,
to walk new horizons,
completing her Fates...
But her words have lived on
in the hearts she adorned,
and today I recall
those words I once scorned...
and, thus, is my goal
as I'm seasoned with age,
those words of my mama
were words of a sage,
Now, "Bloom Where You're Planted"
is the song that I sing,
to bring to this garden
both beauty and zing!

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."











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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      I stumbled upon your poem as it was listed under "related hubs" at the end of a hub I just published. This is beautiful! My mom also said "bloom where you are planted" to me. Voted up and beautiful.

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      tnderhrt23 4 years ago

      My sweet Epigramman, you brighten my day, my Friend! And I must say, I would wish for an autographed copy of one of your most Epi-c anthologies, as well! Hugs and warm wishes to you and your awesome kitties!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I must return to this classic my divine Miss M - I always thought this was a title to die for and it would be my wish one day to have an autographed copy of one of your poetic anthologies - I always thought you were a poet's poet of the highest literary order and a true world class friend - sending good energy and warm wishes to you and your family from cold snowy lake erie time ontario canada 8:55pm where the cats and I are warm and cozy and safe and healthy - I hope you and your family are too.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Many thanks, BeyondMax. This is one of my own personal favorites!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Beautiful poem, such an astonishing rhyme! Thoughtful message and reminder, magic of wisdom right from the heart!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      bella, fear not. you have not lost your talent. It is there, I promise you. I, too, thought mine was gone, but it comes back, your Muse. Be patient and be open. You will see. Lots of love to you! Always!

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      Erica Sanchez 5 years ago from California

      Marsha, I cannot describe how your words inspire me I have lost what I once possessed for I cannot seem to break down this wall of writers block. Beautiful your words are as always

      xoxo

      bella

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Debra, thank you. It is a gift that has served me well, and one I am most grateful for.

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      Debra Charney 6 years ago from United States

      You are a very talented poet.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Paul, Your comment came at a time when It was needed the very most, and I can't tell you how grateful I am. You played the part of an angel, this day, my friend. It's funny how we get what we need when we need it...thank you, again!

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      Plarson 6 years ago from Alabama

      Tndr- I dare say, you bring beauty and zing into whatever you are doing or where ever you may be. I know I always look forward to your presence here on the "HUB", and I am only able to read your words. Imagine the force you must be in the living flesh...-Paul

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Fluffy, thank you again! This is one of my personal favorites...one of my mom's "Pearls of wisdom" I call them...and it is an honor to share them! ~Blessings~

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Your cup truly runs over, so very many wonderful pieces of writing. Thank you for sharing such a great blessing here with us.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      fenzero, thank you! It is awesome to see you, its been a while!

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      fenzero 6 years ago from Arizona

      adore how many new pieces you've done! always fantastic

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      thanks, karengibsonroc, I so appreciate it!

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      wonderful..just wonderful!!! great message!!! have a great day!! karen

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      nighthag, thanks! I wrote this one in honor of my mom...

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      this was beauitul advice, and you worked it like flawless magic weaving it together into this wonderful poem,

      Sharing it on

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Awwwww...epigramman! that is sweet beyond honey!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well I always 'bloom' because you 'plant' these beautiful thoughts and words in my mind ......

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Ruby, me mum was on my mind yesterday...I miss her too...and I look forward to falling into her arms at Heaven's Gate and crying my eyes out for joy! LOL....Thanks for your sweet comment! Lots of Love!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      So beautiful. Our Mothers knew best, sometimes i didn't think so, but looking back, i see how she always wanted the best for us. Geez, i miss her, she's in heaven and i will see her again. Thank you Marsha. Your words touched my heart.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Hmmm...interesting thought, Doug, that I hadn't had...perhaps there was a method to her madness! LOL

      Thank you, my friend!

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Mom's thoughtful way of keeping you from trotting all over the globe, perhaps. Sound advice from an experienced perspective.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Many thanks, Sharyn's Slant! This is for my mum!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Love this piece. Was captured by the title. Great work!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Thank you, Eiddwen! I so appreciate your visit!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful words and beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Extinct Soul, thats kinda funny...I took a photo once of a lone little flower growing out of a pile of rocks...and visualized that lone little flower as me! Thanks for reading and commenting! ~"Bloom, darlin, Bloom!"~

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      Extinct Soul 6 years ago from 14°35'N 121°0'E

      After reading this poem, I thought of my self as a flower in a sidewalk..maybe it's the reason why i can't bloom...:( but I will try! :)) thanx for sharing!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Christina, thank you! I so appreciate your reads and support!

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      Christina M. Castro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This is Great!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      mannyrolando, thank you! Those words ring in my head like a song! I appreciate you, Sir!

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      Wow... just beautiful! I was hooked by the title... and not disappointed by the rest! I can almost hear those words" Bloom where you're planted" Excellent!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Edlira, I had to chuckle when I read your comment because I thought the same!!! Wrong dang garden! lol...I was wrong! I was always planted in the perfect garden...just a late bloomer here! lol...hugs!

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      Edlira 6 years ago

      "Bloom where you were planted", what a beautiful message. I always thought I was planted in the wrong one....thus delayed in blooming...lol

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Awwww, FaithDream, thank you so much! Yes, my mom was a wise gal...too bad she had to leave before I noticed! But I believe she knows today...from her heavenly home that she is loved and appreciated! Hugs!

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Beautiful. Your mom was wise and look at you now!!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      No accidents in God's world, bella...I truly believe this! Don't let the turkeys get you down! Hugs!

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      "I am better than this...

      my garden of choice

      echos no serpent's hiss!"

      What can I say this hit me with it today you slapped me! Right across the face red hand implanted on my cheek I needed a little wake up call today! thanks tnder.

      Not a great morning is all I can say anger frustration hate deceit lies and convictions not the way to nutrition my brain. But you just made me smiles woman. I just want to say thanks for waking me up and notice my surrpoundings!!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      A thousand thank yous, tumblweed!

      cat on a soapbox, thank you, kindly!

      sofs, thank you! My mama was a wise woman, indeed!

      WillStarr, thank you, Sir! I am pleased you like this!

      surale, thank you, kindly!

      flying_fish, thanks! nice to meet you and I will check out your hub as well!

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      flying_fish 6 years ago from GTA

      Stunningly beautiful - outstanding! You've earned another eager follower by touching the heart, right where it's planted...

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      surale 6 years ago from pakistan

      very informative work you done i like it . keep it up.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wonderful! Just beautiful and a great message!

      Up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Beautiful! Bloom where you are planted bloom for the king...the message of all messages.. your destiny's gaze ..lovely!

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      This has such a good flow that it seems effortless, but I know it wasn't. Loved it!

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      tumblintumblweed 6 years ago

      ahh yes, my friend."Bloom where you're planted" You have nailed it,girl! Simply beautiful and a great message!