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Tended Garden (tanka)

Updated on February 16, 2013

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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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome for you to bring Joy into this!

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      Derdriu 5 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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      SkeetyD 5 years ago

      Short and thought provoking

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      Eiddwen 5 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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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Gardeners have the best opportunity to communicate with nature.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Lillian K. Staats 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

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

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Love 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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      Bill Blackburn 5 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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      Tim Mitchell 5 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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      Jools99 5 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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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

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