Cleaning out the garden – NaPoWriMo Day2

Today was so beautiful all the neighbors were out working in their yards. Me, too. Everyone was clearing away the old remnants of fall, making way for new growth and new flowers. Writing in a journal or writing your life stories can help you clear away old remnants, too, and your legs won’t be so sore you can’t walk the next day.

I cleaned out my garden today.
Took out the detritus of the past,
Removed old leaves
That were a comforting blanket
In the winter months
But now suffocate.
Snipped out rampant thoughts
That left alone
Would overrun my life.
Pruned out old ideas gone bad
Or neglected.
Suffered the thorns of those
That did not want to leave.

The best part of spring cleaning
Is discovering
That removing the old
Reveals the new,
Ready to start afresh
In the warm sun of a new season.

By the way, can anyone guess what this is? (I think I know)


About moonbridgebooks

Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a WWII Japan memoir of her mother's childhood; author of Poems That Come to Mind, for caregivers of dementia patients; Co-author/Editor of Battlefield Doc, a medic's memoir of combat duty during the Korean War; life writing enthusiast; loves history and culture (especially Japan), poetry, and cats
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1 Response to Cleaning out the garden – NaPoWriMo Day2

  1. Katie says:

    I love this poem and the idea. My husband's family is Indonesian, but culturally Dutch, and I see the same work ethic in them. Nature vs nurture?

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