Nothing against William Wordsworth, but there are more gardening poems than his.
When it comes to gardening poems, there’s no shortage, but I’ve always loved Wordsworth’s “I wandered lonely as a cloud.” His description of a field of daffodils is simply spectacular.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
It’s the captured moments like this that make gardening poems so lovely. Those mundane moments we all skim over on our journeys, a poet collects and gives to us as a gift. In fact, it’s not at all unusual for a poet and a gardener to be one in the same.
Take, for example, Rebecca Bowes’ ode to the Summer Garden.
” Sweet peas twine green fingers through
beckoning each passer-by
with a come-hither scent.”
Have you ever heard such a lovely depiction of peas?
Other gardening poems help us connect with the small miracles that can happen outside of the garden. Linda Delmont’s Prize Fighter is one such poem. The emotions are right there, barely contained. Sadness, regret, but also hope. And if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that a garden, ultimately, is about hope.
When you can’t get outside to enjoy the colors, sounds, and smells of the garden, you have the next best thing with gardening poems. Let the finely crafted words of these writers bring the garden to you, along with heartwarming scenes and a reminder to notice and appreciate the little moments that we honor in our own gardens, wherever they may be.
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