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My Garden of Thought (A Poem)

Updated on October 20, 2016
I stare out across the field, searching for creativity.
I stare out across the field, searching for creativity. | Source

What am I to do?

I stare out at the blank field.

I'm trying to write, but the words are lost,

like chaff in the wind.

My mind feels as if it has been ravaged,

like a tornado leaving destruction in its wake.

The river of creativity is dry and barren.

What will I do?


My mind is in turmoil, my thoughts swirl like a storm.
My mind is in turmoil, my thoughts swirl like a storm. | Source

A sorrow is felt deep within my heart,

as I search my seeds of creativity,

for the lost words of wisdom and humor.

My thoughts that use to fly high, free as a bird,

now are like a rock,

drowning in the bottom of a murky lake.

I have seeds of words with no meaning,

and seeds of meaning with no words;

fluttering thru my mind like butterflies.

What am I to do?

The troubles of life are creeping in.

Their thorny vines struggled to choke out

my garden of creativity.

Like a child that has ran away from home,

my words flee and hide from me.

“Oh Lord,” I pray,

“What am I suppose to sow today?”


My seeds of thoughts have bloomed into a beautiful garden.
My seeds of thoughts have bloomed into a beautiful garden. | Source

In the Garden (Song)

I sit and stare at a screen so white,

I feel blinded by the light.

I sift the soil of my mind.

Then a word peeks out

of my creative garden,

dark and fuzzy at first.

Gradually it's growing stronger as it creeps closer.

Soon another and another follows the first,

till I have a row of them to complete my thoughts.

How about that?

I have finally done it!

A story blossoms from its tiny seeds of thoughts

Becoming tall trees and vines

in brilliant displays of colorful descriptions.

After hard work of sowing and tilling in the field of editing,

my garden is complete...the story is done.

How are you seeds of thoughts today?

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Up and awesome.

      Really enjoyed this.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you Susan!

      I had a panic attack when I was trying to edit some hubs and it wouldn't let me edit. I was afraid it hadn't let me publish this hub. I am glad you liked it. Thanks again!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      I know how you feel looking at that blank white screen. I don't think there is a writer past or present who hasn't suffered over white space. I'm glad those planted seeds got watered by your mind and have spurted into this lovely scribe, bravo, well done.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you Saddle,

      For weeks I felt as if my creative juices had dried up. Nothing sounded exciting enough to write about. I am glad you liked it. Thanks again!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Just "plow" through it! Sorry couldn't resist. Up and awesome.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      That sounds like a great idea...Thanks Pop!!

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Just need a moment to refill your vessel of creativity. Sometime it's a trickle, sometimes it's overflowing. It will come. Thanks for sharing.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi tlpoague, A very beautiful and creative poem which made it a enjoyable read !

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you A.A. and Kashmir,

      I have a lot going on this week, actually I have had alot happen over the last month that has affected my writing. It is slowly coming back and I hope to be back at it again soon.

      Thanks again for stopping by! :)

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Wow, I love the way you put it. Coming out of the writers block is amazing!

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks Cardisa,

      I hate when I get writer's block, or know what I want to write and distractions keep me from it. I have never dabbled much in poetry, but thought I would give it a try this year. I am glad you liked it...thanks again!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this poem. Well done, my friend. Thanks for writing this and share with us. Rated up!

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you Prasetio,

      I am glad you liked it. :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Oh how I know how you feel! lol but if this is what does appear in your mind, then you are certainly doing something right! lovely poem, and so true! now perhaps I can find my inspiration somewhere! cheers nell

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks Nell,

      It has been hard lately to be creative with so much going on in my life right now. I am looking forward to my quiet time when things start to slow down and I can focus more. I wish you luck...sometimes for inspiration, just write a story about your family. I find this helps...not always, but sometimes. :)

      Thanks again for stopping by!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tipoague, it can be so hard to focus when there are so many distrations going on in your life, sounds like you're back on track! lovely poem thank you.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you Movie,

      I am slowly getting back on track. Now, if I can just stay focused, I'll be doing good. I am glad you enjoyed the poem...thanks again!

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      When life gives you lemons....wonderful lemonade you've made here T. I especially liked your "Words without meaning, meaning without words." =:)

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      StayPos 6 years ago from Florida, USA

      tlpoague,

      Wow! Such an eloquent expression of the challenge and reward that comes when we give through writing :-)

      Bravo!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Tipoague - Thank you for the "In The Garden" rendition. It was my precious mother's favorite. Your poem is eloquent.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you Winsome,

      Sorry it took me so long to respond. This has been a busy week for me. I had such a hard time coming up with descriptive words or finding the right word to express what I wanted. I was suprised after I wrote it that I had the garden theme going. That wasn't exactly planned. I am glad you liked it. :)

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you StayPos,

      Sorry it too took me so long to respond. This is something that I thought I would try, since I don't dabble in poetry much.

      Thank you again for the wonderful comment. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you Nellieanna,

      I grew up singing "In The Garden", and has always been my favorite song. It just seem to fit with the theme of poem. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you again! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I really liked your poem too tip! So you managed to make something great when you thought you had nothing:)

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      Laura890 5 years ago

      I am a big fan of poetry, and I have to say that this is extremely good! I think it has been put together very, very well! :')

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you Laura,

      This is one of a couple that I have tried. I am not much of a poetry writer, but it was fun to try.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good poem about writer's block but what I loved most was the video with the "In the Garden" song. I remember singing and harmonizing the first verse of the song with my mother. It touched my heart! Thanks!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Peggy, This is one of my favorite songs. I too use to sing it with my mother. I am glad I could bring a smile to brighten your day. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      thoughts220 5 years ago from India

      A brilliant poem about how, sometimes, the writers face a sheer blankness in their minds. When the constant rambling are either silent or have stopped making sense. And yes, in the end, something does turn up, taking shape and we try our best to mould it into a beautiful story.

      Vivid descriptions and an interesting poem. Well done.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Toughts,

      I am glad you enjoyed it. I hate those days that I have something to say, but the words just don't fit together. It seems that some weeks are worst than others, till I just free my mind of worry and say who cares, I'll say it anyway whether it makes sense or not. Thanks again for stopping by!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      A time always come when a writer face that moment of obscurity and forgetfulness just staring, wanting to write but not knowing where to start. Thanks for capturing this thought. Awesome i voted

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Ubanichijioke,

      Now that we have started our own business, I find myself unable to stare at a blank screen. I often catch myself thinking of things to write just before I fall asleep. Then come morning, it was like a dream that I couldn't recall. I dislike those moments. I was in a habit of writing my thoughts, but have become temporarily lazy. Oh well, in time it will all work out.

      Thank you for your vote.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks I am glad you liked it!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Becoming tall trees and vines

      in brilliant displays of colorful descriptions.

      After hard work of sowing and tilling in the field of editing,

      my garden is complete...the story is done.

      Wonderful words.

      Eddy.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you Eddy, My field of editing is going to take a lot of weeding, tilling, and sowing before I can make any progress with a complete garden. Time away from my garden of stories has given the weeds a chance to take over. I see many hours of work before me to get back to where I once was. I am so grateful for your visit. Have a wonderful day! I am glad to be back, if only for a moment.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very smart poem, comparing writer's block to sowing seeds to grow a garden. I have a hub comparing poetry to a garden too, but completely different. I enjoyed reading this. Voted up.

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      Tammy 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks Jodah, I didn't plan for it to flow that way. It just kind of happened on its own. I will have to check out yours. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the vote.

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