Never Again

You were my garden
I tended your soul
Pulled up the weeds
Ugly black things
Planted some pink roses
Your favorite, I thought

I watered you
And laughed with joy
When you started to blossom
I put up a pretty white fence
To keep the goodness in
And the blackness out
I stood over you
Protecting you

Then one day
I had to tend my own garden
I left you for a while
Whispering promises of return
I tidied up my soul
There was no one to do it for me

When I came back
The roses were gone
Uprooted, replaced
With dandelions
The fence was gone, too
Barbed wire curled around you
Harsh and cold, keeping you in
And me out

You laughed at me
And the lilacs in my soul
Then you uprooted yourself
From my life
Moved your garden somewhere
Far, far away

I cannot find you
I don't think I want to
Rain falls on my soul
As I sit there among the lilacs
And tell myself

Never again
Will I tend another garden





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Lexie96 said...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm
I really like the metaphorical side of this,and I also think that it's true. We, as human beings, seem to focus an awful lot on the minds and such of other people, but then we don't save enough time to truly look into and examine ourselves. I think this poem captures the essence of that beautifully and I loved the beginning very much. Although, I think instead of saying barbed-wire at the end, maybe something a little bit different and less simple... I'm not sure what, though... Maybe describe t... (more »)
 
AlaskaFrost This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm
^I totally agree!
 
Lilacs_Smell_Wonnerful This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Thanks both of you! :) And that is a nice idea, I will definitely think about it. -Lilac
 
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