Sunday, December 16, 2018

"Minding" by Terri Lynn Cummings

Minding
Terri Lynn Cummings

Just as the heat
of late summer
causes my potted plants
to wilt
and shed leaves and petals,
I go to my garden
of words
to pluck dull poems—
once blooming
but now weeping
with life’s insults—
and fertilize worn soil
hoping the next seeds 
I sow take root 
and blossom for good


Poet’s Notes:  What writer does not have reams of discarded work waiting for redemption? In the heat of late August, my potted plants wilt, shed leaves and petals, just like poems on my computer. How fun it was to metaphor a garden to a poem!

1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful poem about a writing life. I love the way the garden image reassures us that nothing is ever written in vain. I like the idea that as writers we need to nourish our own soil.

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