Stepping back

It was just

a friendly gesture

reaching out

to the newcomer

across the fence

to say hello

but in my rush

I stomped over

the exotic flower

I had so lovingly


my garden is

more important

than anything else

so I focus my attention

on what I have

and bid goodbye

to forging new relations.


35 thoughts on “Stepping back

    1. I was going to comment about something else with this poem but your (Sadje’s) comment made me pause with the truth in the meaning of this poem. Well said, both of you!

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  1. i like the layering here Punam, I feel a shift in your universe from this poem, like you are taking back control of something you think you had lost, or I could be just so wrong!

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      1. so well said, it is necessary and we need that balancing factor though it seems a change in direction, follow your heart’s content

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  2. Sometimes we have no idea what outcomes will result in rushing into something and I agree with everyone here, as gardeners we need to nurture the flowers we have already selected to be a part of our gardens. A most beautiful analogy, Punam.

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  3. My mom is the one with the green thumb in my family always tending to her plants and gardens. πŸ˜ƒI used to enjoy time spent helping her in the garden before I moved so far away.πŸ€—πŸ’ž

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  4. You did the right thing dear❀
    This poem is profound and a good reminder for all of us.We must nurture the relations what we already have rather than jumping to new ones even I’d the new one is handsomeπŸ˜„

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