Take a Stroll Through the Garden – a Collection of Garden Poems.

Take a Stroll Through the Garden

When gardens come alive with colour in bloom there is no better sight. Some flowers open their buds to the first breath of spring and continue their stunning display right through until the end of summer. Others hibernate until the winter when the chill of the ground on their bulbs seems to awaken them from their slumber. But whatever time of year or season it may be – flowers are a blooming miracle.

Garden
Pretty Garden

My Garden of Delight

As I perchance to stroll

Midst your erotic scented blooms,

My senses are assailed

And deep desires are moved.

French lavender stands inviting,

Like Venus rising from the foam.

Licked by tiny flames of red hot pokers

Beckoning, seducing.

While the wide green fronds

Of windmill palms

Hover like giant fans

Behind which gossips hide.

A row of yellow tulips

With heads held high,

Dancing the tango,

Invoking thoughts of lovers’ passion.

The Mother-in-law’s tongue

With long pointed leaves.

Its horns of lust beckoning

The path to temptation.

Delicate forget-me-nots

Shed their tiny petals,

Like some torn up

A tell-tale love letter.

One lonely ruby-red rose bleeds,

Within its thorns,

Like a broken heart,

Stabbed by blood-soaked daggers.

And the pretty poet’s jasmine

With flowers of starry white,

Overtakes me with its scent,

In my garden of delight.

God's Garden

God’s Garden

Stop and listen to the birds

Chirping and singing

Celebrating the freedom of flight.

Beautiful coloured feathers

Glistening,

Spreading to catch the sun.

Ants march busily,

Tireless workers gathering food

To feed the colony.

Bountiful,

Trees and shrubs abound,

Flowering,

Cleansing our precious air,

Attracting rain

To refresh our parched land.

Small native bees and honey bees

Sharing flowers and gathering pollen,

Golden honey to produce.

Nature’s glory

Welcome to God’s garden.

Purple sage

Gardening With Sage

The garden erupts in colours bright,

A kaleidoscope of blooms.

Sage slowly strolls among the beds

While singing Enya tunes. 

She’d planted seeds and cuttings

And tendered them with love.

She watered, mulched, and gave them food,

And sunshine from above.

The seeds soon sprouted into shoots,

The cuttings struck and grew.

So, now the garden came alive

To pay Sage back her due.

Violets, daisies, peonies,

Foxgloves, pansies all a-rage.

But none could match her namesake flower,

The striking purple sage.

 

by John Hansen © various dates

 

 

John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

8 thoughts on “Take a Stroll Through the Garden – a Collection of Garden Poems.

  • June 12, 2019 at 7:23 AM
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    John nice work my friend. You made the garden come alive. I really love the smell of fresh, hand-picked sage, so aromatic. The first poem really took off for me. It was passionate and quick paced when I was reading it. Nice work.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 8:12 AM
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    Thank you Paul. Always great to get your comments. have a good day.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 11:26 AM
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    Thank you, John, for letting me take a stroll through the gardens. With your skill of vivid imagery I could almost smell the freshness and fragrance of the lovely flowers. Wonderful verse and well penned. I love it.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 7:15 PM
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    Hi Phyllis, thank you for taking a stroll through the gardens. Glad you enjoyed the flowers. Much appreciated.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 8:13 AM
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    What an incredible journey this walk through your garden has been! I also believe that flowers are miracles. Your poem proves it. Jamie

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    • June 16, 2019 at 9:29 PM
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      Thank you for joining me for a stroll through the garden Jamie. Yes, flowers are certainly miracles, and I thank you for such a generous comment.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 8:24 AM
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    What a refreshing stroll you gave this poet. I felt total relaxation as your took me through your gardens of colorful splendors. I too could smell them, my nostrils filled with nostalgic delights. They all came alive for me John as your pen gracefully offered up a magnificent display of beauty. I oft will visit local gardens and wonder slowly as my senses lap up their God perfection before me. Thank you John for your display of color, beauty, tenderness and brilliant verse. May your garden be full and plentiful always.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 9:32 PM
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    Good to see you Vincent, my friend and fellow poet. Gardens are a true wonder and provide such an array of delight for our senses. I am glad my words were able to give you a sense of experiencing the sights and smells and peacefullness of a stroll through the garden. Thank you for the wondeful comment.

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