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Poetry Sunday-Reflections



Reflections In A Garden


Old weary bones feel the ache now…

stems broken and strewn,

petals blackened and faded,

rain and snow will beat it all down,

back to the earth.



Tiny seeds linger, though, in rich soil…

after a long rest,

surging up and breaking through,

life beginning again,

always a new start.

© Donna Donabella 2014



This poem was created to go along with the change in seasons I am seeing now.  The garden is ending, and my life has been changing with retirement.  I am linking in with Weekend Reflections where you can see photos of reflections from all over the web.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

reflections collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and  with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  





Special Note:  These images here were all taken of my wildlife pond during the spring, summer and fall.




I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about reflections of life.  Feel free to download the photo and share.




All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

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  1. October 5, 2014    

    always a new start… nice… i like how each chapter in life has its own beauty and things to surprise us

    • October 5, 2014    

      A beautiful thought Claudia…I will remember that!

  2. October 5, 2014    

    Lovely pictures and yes life always finds a new start.

    • October 5, 2014    

      It does somehow Vandana if we just look for it…thanks for visiting!

  3. October 5, 2014    

    Hope lies in each day being a new start.

    • October 5, 2014    

      I rely on that hope every day!
      I really love how poetry can be interactive eliciting thoughts and reactions and I appreciate your comment.

  4. October 5, 2014    

    Quite sad, I think, when we see those leaves and petals beaten down – after having enjoyed them all summer – but thankfully, we can keep our faith that after the winter new life will raise from what now is so battered!

    • October 5, 2014    

      Mary that is a perfect synopsis of my poem. It is sad especially if it is cold, gray and rainy too much. But I keep my hopes up for the beginning again.

  5. October 5, 2014    

    Your waterlily pictures are stunning ! Tanks for this inspiring sharing…

    • October 5, 2014    

      I am stunned by the waterlilies beauty every year. So glad you enjoyed the poem and pictures.

      • October 5, 2014    

        Sharing beauty is the better purpose of internet, I guess. ^_-

  6. October 5, 2014    

    A new start, I like the thought of that in the long winter months here in Canada ~ Enjoyed your refflections and autumn pictures too~

    • October 5, 2014    

      We share those long winter months with you Grace…so this is my hope to get through it…glad you enjoyed it.

  7. October 5, 2014    

    autumn is such a significant season for me because i, too, am in the autumn of my years.
    this i ponder much.

    lovely reflectio and pics


    • October 5, 2014    

      It is wonderful to hear from someone who feels the same…gracias…so glad you stopped by!

  8. October 5, 2014    

    death and birth is the story of life which you’ve captivated beautifully in your lines….

    • October 5, 2014    

      Thank you so much…so glad you enjoyed the poem.

  9. October 5, 2014    

    So important to remember the treasures of seeds – waiting – for spring’s resurrection.. At the season of death it’s important to remember.

    • October 5, 2014    

      Indeed Bjorn. Treasuring those seeds that have been planted for the new season, the new life, the new path.

  10. October 5, 2014    

    I enjoyed the poem and envy you your beautiful wildlife pond. It is glorious.

    • October 5, 2014    

      Thank you Sherry…it is a special place and part of my sanctuary…just the sound of the falling water is soothing.

  11. October 5, 2014    

    always a new start.. love that ending.. nice imagery.

    • October 5, 2014    

      Thank you Nataša…. the ending gives me needed hope especially as we are getting close to our long winter.

  12. October 5, 2014    

    oh wow! Donna I just LOVE these words. ALL these wonderful words
    strung together so artfully. So much beautiful happening here….thank you!
    Just thank you,

    • October 5, 2014    

      Oh my dear Jennifer you bring me such joy with this wonderful comment….it brings me great pleasure!

  13. October 5, 2014    

    Donna, a lovely poem! and your waterlilies are gorgeous.. Beautiful mosaic.. Have a happy new week!

    • October 5, 2014    

      So glad you enjoyed the pics and words today Eileen.

  14. October 5, 2014    

    Very lovely beginning to the week!

  15. October 5, 2014    

    I think that what keeps us from being sad and depressed at the sight of autumn (especially when the leaves are all falling) is the knowledge that all will come back.

    • October 5, 2014    

      It does keep us going Gabriella…now I am looking at my garden with renewed eyes as I contemplate the changes.

  16. October 5, 2014    

    Stunning images. Beautiful truth in your words. Thank you.

    • October 5, 2014    

      Thank you Soosie! I am pleased you were moved.

  17. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    October 5, 2014    

    Long ago a fellow member of the GWA gave a lecture on autumn as the beginning of the gardening season and not spring. Food for thought to go along with your lovely poem this week Donna.

    • October 5, 2014    

      I love this thought Judith…I think the garden begins in autumn. I have seen it as my native plants lay down their seeds and wait for the cold to give them the surge they will need come spring.

  18. October 5, 2014    

    Pretty images. Everything is a great cycle, isn’t it … and almost always wonderful color!

    • October 5, 2014    

      I agree Snap…I love the seasonal cycles…I just wish winter wasn’t so white for so long though.

  19. October 5, 2014    

    Life does have its ongoing cycles, as you reflected upon in your poem and shown in your photos.

    • October 5, 2014    

      So glad you stopped by…and thanks for your wonderful comment!

  20. October 5, 2014    

    A new start is wonderful, Donna. Beautiful pictures of your pond. Glad to see you sharing at Poets United and enjoying the interaction. Lovely post as always 🙂

    • October 5, 2014    

      Thanks Loredana…I have you to thank for introducing me to Poets United as I have shared the last few weeks of poems there.

  21. October 5, 2014    

    This is going to make a great blog book!

    • October 5, 2014    

      It could be a good title for a book Michelle…glad you liked the poem.

  22. October 5, 2014    

    your words never cease to inspire and uplift me.

    i think new beginnings are gifts the skies give us.

    stacy lynn mar

    • October 5, 2014    

      You are too kind Stacy…thank you so much. Your thoughts are lovely too!

  23. October 5, 2014    

    Beautiful images. Yes, there’s always the chance for a new start.

  24. October 6, 2014    

    A great fall poem. I love the seeds lingering its is a great visual of life.

    • October 6, 2014    

      So nice that line made an impact as it was a particularly important part of the poem for me…so glad you enjoyed it!

  25. October 6, 2014    

    Lovely picture and the reflections!
    Very beautiful and encouraging post. Life is beautiful I believe.

    • October 7, 2014    

      I believe life is beautiful too. Thank you for your nice comment!!

  26. Sara D.B. Sara D.B.
    October 7, 2014    

    Wonderful post! I can’t stop admiring your waterlilies.

    • October 7, 2014    

      Thank you so much Sara…they are a delight when they first open in late spring…I look forward to seeing them again next year.

  27. October 7, 2014    

    Beautiful words and images Donna. Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

    • October 7, 2014    

      And thank you Laura for your support and comment!

  28. October 7, 2014    

    A perfect picture – I love the reflections of the first photo.

    • October 7, 2014    

      Thank you Katrin…it is a special place for reflection of thought and light.

  29. October 7, 2014    

    So sensitive…”always a new start”… Indeed! Once again, a sunny october to you!

  30. October 7, 2014    

    Your photos are spectacular. I look forward to visiting here ofter.

    • October 7, 2014    

      Thank you Eydie…I look forward to your visits.

  31. October 8, 2014    

    Life is a cycle of new beginnings and it is always enlightened to embark on new growth.

    • October 8, 2014    

      I think that is why I find my sanctuary in a garden because I am always looking for that new growth…thanks for stopping by Cherie.

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