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She is a Garden: Poem

Updated on June 10, 2013
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

Do you like this poem?

Then check out my poetry book,Digging to China, released by Sweatshoppe Publications. This poem is in it, along with fifty others. Signed copies are available throughSweatshoppe Publications. It's also available on Barnes and Noble andAmazon.com.


In a room

halogen and fluorescent,

concrete and tile,

she is leaves,

vibrant green, encircled

by bricks,

the hard exterior protects her.

Keeps her off the floor

supports her.

It keeps her water, vital,

from leaking

out of the dirt she lies in and

all over the floor.

sentries protecting her,

Bricks.

Encircled with dirt and her,

lying on cold grey

concrete.

A dead room.

She is the only source of life, and the first thing

noticed.

Looking closely,

the hint of creeping death.

Brown leaves

mingled with green life

Taking over.

First one, then two

then four, then eight.

She doesn’t notice,

She’s simply content being

a source of artificial life surrounded by brick sentries,

in an artificial room.





all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W Price, November 3rd, 2011



Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)is a POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAphy AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION, DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.com, Barnes and Noble and through YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

HIS WORK WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN BEST NEW FICTION (2014 EDITION), AND HAS APPEARED PREVIOUSLY IN THE RUSTY NAIL, EFICTION, THE CRISIS CHRONICLES, THE HELLROARING REVIEW, BURNINGWORD, SEE SPOT RUN AND THE BELLWETHER REVIEW.

HE WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER, EDITOR, AND GHOST WRITER, AND IS WORKING TOWARDS HIS PH.D. HE LIVES IN A SUBURB OF PORTLAND, OREGON WITH HIS WIFE, ANDREA, THEIR LABRADOODLE, BELLA, SCHNOODLE, SAUVEE AND BLACK MOOR GOLDFISH, HOWARD WOLOWITZ.

PLEASE VISIT HIS PROFILE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION. THANKS!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks so much for saying so Chris... you know. if you wouldn't get tired of them you should get my book :-) I just added a link in this hub.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Love your poetry and I wouldn't get tired of reading them. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks so much Cindi. I appreciate that. I'm actually surprised that no one has actually figured out what this poem is actually metaphorical of.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Nice play on words. There are layers of meaning, too - artificial vs. live, and that can carry over to our human ways. Awesome!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      LOL. Thanks Nell. Nice to see you here!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Tahnks, Calico and i love being called mr, FYI

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Ped, thank you so much. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this! Thanks for visiting

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks, Cloud Explorer. I'm glad you enjoyed this and I'm thankful for your read and comment!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      You made me feel sorry for the plant! lol! great imagery, lovely!

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      calico Stark 5 years ago from Earth for the time being

      Very well done Mister! I loved the ending! Vote up!Awesome!

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      pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      Love the vision you created, "her" contentment in life despite the falling leaves (Which, btw sounds like many of my plants) So enjoyed your poem. Thanks for sharing:)

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I love your poem here PDX, I haven't read many others but now that i found this one I will be doing so for sure, awesome stuff here. Voted up!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Linda, thank you very kindly!

      phdast, thanks so much for reading and for leaving behind such a thoughtful comment, I'm glad you enjoyed this and at least had some idea of what I was trying to say!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I like this a lot. Thoughtful, searching, melancholy...interesting twist because we don't usually associate those words/emotions with the Green or vibrancy of a garden. But the contrast or concrete versus green versus growing numbers of dead leaves works very well.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your poems are superb PDX!:)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      audrey and vinaya, thanks so much. I appreciate your comments and your presence here on the HUB

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Love the personification--worked really well! Excellent write!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I loved your personification!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thank you, Echo. That means a lot!

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      echoe0021 5 years ago from Conway, AR

      That was lovely. I particularly liked the imagery. Good writing!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ Carlon: Thank you for reading. I'm glad this made you smile.

      @ Sue: 20 years? I'm impressed! And, indeed. So many people lack contentment.

      Thank you both for reading and commenting!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      I only have one plant but I have had it for 20 years.

      "She’s simply content being"

      Wouldn't it be nice if people could feel this way.

      Voted up and awesome

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      Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

      Absolutely adorable. Great picture too! Smile!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks very much for the comments, Chris and Eid

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      chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

      Lovely! I love the idea of artificiality. Good play!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A very clever and very well written poem.

      I loved it!!

      Take care and have a wonderful day.

      Eiddwen.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      HappyBoomer nurse. Thanks for stopping. Yes, I do like the multiple interpretations though I'm wondering if I have failed as a poet because my main point seems to be lost. Thanks for the comment!

      Debby, I should post a photo of the actual garden that inspired this poem.

      Nikki, thank u very much. I appreciate the read and am pleased that u enjoyed what you read!

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      nice one. very poetic!

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Justin ~ Again, a different point of view of this garden hewn in the soil and bricks that surround the plants. The artificial ones live on forever, the real ones die. Blessings, Debby

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved the imagery and the choice of photo to illustrate it. I found Saddlerider's comment particularly intriguing. I think the best poetry can be interpreted in many different ways as is being done here.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ Saddle and Homesetad, thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. Also thanks for your interpretations!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Most of my houseplants have lived and died this poem. Very well written.

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      Wonderful imagery of a garden, sublime, yet penetrating. Protected by mortar, soil and artificial light. They prosper or die dependent on man. Yet in the open they live, breath and stretch their veins to the sun.

      Oh to be confined and controlled by man, much like government. Yet we need the beauty to help quiet our restless souls. Thank you for this magnificent peace.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ Lyns- thanks the read, the comment and the votes!

      @ Gypsy- they do. I was trying to capture that sentiment with this metaphor.

      @Anu- thanks for reading. I agree except that I can't keep real plants alive. LOL!

      @Der- that they do!

      @WD- thanks for saying so. I daily regret my moniker, but when I came up with it, I had a karaoke column on the examiner and did karaoke almost every weeked. Now I ahrdly ever do it. Appreciate the kind words!

      @ Kashmir- I'm very happy you enjoyed it!

      @ always- I shutetr to think what my plants would look like.

      @ Racin- it's a metaphor about a woman in my life. Thanks for reading!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      who is she? a set of roses...is it your garden you're referring to?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You poetry depicts my plants, brown leaves, sagging no amount of water will revive them. Boo Hoo..Cheers

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for sharing this very beautifully written poem, it was a joy to read !

      Vote up !!!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      You need to change your moniker. You don't sing along with someone else's song. Don't over or underwater, and put a little liquid plant food in the water every other week or so. Really liked this one.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      PDXKaraokeGuy: Artificial plants fill roles and have their places too!

      Thank you, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      The theme of the poem is very nice. It is true nowadays. Real garden has lost its meaning. Now we have to keep ourselves happy by some plants in the room. Artificiality affects our life a lot.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Liked it. My plants always give me a sense of peace and contentment in an otherwise empty room.

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      lyns 5 years ago from USA

      Excellent and very well illustrated love the picture you painted with words and the picture you added with this poem. Thanks for sharing Voted up, Beautiful, Interesting, and Awesome. 11/3 lyns

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