Garden Of Woe – A Poem By Carol J Forrester

So many orphaned sorrows,
I gather the castoffs,
pluck stories by root,
dirt clotted,
waterlogged.
Old tears still bloom
with dark, thickened flowers.
In the potting shed I ease them
one by one
into terracotta bassinets.
Pack soil round tight,
to keep them from weeding out
into the garden proper,
before their time.
From the window, half-light,
slips between the shelving slats
trips over spiderwebs and drip trays.
Safety among the looming gloom,
safe from the unearthing grief.

Tonight’s poetics challenge was to take a line from Paul Dunbar’s The Paradox, and to build a poem around it. My choice was “I am the mother of sorrows; I am the ender of grief;” which has led to this rather odd piece.

33 Comments

  1. Spring in the potting shed and the shed tears –
    “Old tears still bloom
    with dark, thickened flowers”

    the opening line is tremendous and I love where this prompt took you

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  2. This is absolutely fantastic, Carol! I love; “Old tears still bloom with dark, thickened flowers.”💝💝

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  3. The Dunbar quote gleams gently in your lines, Carol, and I love how you save the orphaned sorrows and castoffs and ease them into terracotta bassinets. These lines made me smile:
    ‘From the window, half-light,
    slips between the shelving slats
    trips over spiderwebs and drip trays.’

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  4. Carol, I often like to pick some particular lines to highlight my appreciation of when I comment on other people’s poems, but I simply couldn’t this time. I was hooked from start to finish.

    Yours,
    David

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