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Poetry Sunday-The Garden of Life



Garden of Life



I fell upon the garden of life

and it sang to me a joyous song,

Beckoning me ever forward

onto a path along a crumbling wall.



And I sat and contemplated

the flow and rhythm,

While the trees held me tight

and the grasses gave me rest.



As I awoke born anew

of a seed with similar leaf and stem,

Now I bloom a more brilliant flower

that cannot fade or wither.



I am strength, I am hope, I am joy.

I am the garden of life.



© Donna Donabella 2015



I wrote this poem as I was contemplating mid-life and mortality.  As I watch my mother age and lose more of her independence mortality comes painfully close.  So I continue to cling tightly to life and living my life to its fullest.  And I find my greatest strength, solace and inspiration in my own garden….my garden of life.




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.

echinacea 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.  




If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 





Special Note:  The echinacea that grows in my garden of life (pictured here) represents strength.



I leave you with a few words about feeling reborn.

garden of life

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. April 19, 2015    

    I love this poem of being and becoming and I bow to the new strength, hope, joy and life….

    • April 21, 2015    

      And I thank you….it is in that strength and joy we get from life that we become who we are meant to be.

  2. April 19, 2015    

    Oh how we are on a similar path with our moms…I turn to photography for my “strength, solace and inspiration…” Adore coneflowers!!

    • April 21, 2015    

      Photography is secondary for me as I still learn more about it…..but I find it so glorious as an outlet for my soul.

  3. April 19, 2015    

    I agree. Live life to the fullest. Your mother’s life taught you a good lesson. Important to enjoy that garden of life to the fullest extent…..and not wait for some tomorrow, which may never arrive! Beautiful flower photos, Donna.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Wonderful thoughts Mary….something I hope all can discover in their lives at some point….thank you for adding your words here today!

  4. April 19, 2015    

    Having been a gardener comfortable in my own garden how beautiful it was to read this and compare ourselves to a garden as well.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Thank you Robin…I feel I am rooted to my garden where I get my strength, peace and happiness.

  5. April 19, 2015    

    I love the assuredness and certainty – and joy in this piece – acceptance perhaps too? I think that is maybe a bonus of getting older…

    • April 21, 2015    

      You are once again very perceptive Jae Rose…acceptance as well.

  6. April 19, 2015    

    One has to be strong and it is a nice feeling! Great lines Donna!


    • April 21, 2015    

      Thanks Hank…it is a great feeling to find your strength.

  7. April 19, 2015    

    Love the way of life like a garden.. We need to feed it well to make it bloom

    • April 21, 2015    

      absolutely Bjorn…I have been on a journey the past year doing just that…

  8. April 19, 2015    

    Such joy and hope:)

    • April 21, 2015    

      Gardens do bring me that joy and hope vandana….

  9. April 19, 2015    

    I love that the speaker starts by just being in the garden of life, but then becomes the garden… As if saying, “I will change, but I will always be.”

    • April 21, 2015    

      Exactly Magaly…it is when we realize we are the garden that life takes on a very special meaning…

  10. April 19, 2015    

    A beautiful poem reflecting the light of hope & joy… absolutely stunning pictures too 😀
    I loved it!

    • April 21, 2015    

      Thanks Sanaa…it pleases me that you loved it!

  11. ZQ ZQ
    April 19, 2015    

    I always enjoy my visit to your site. Happy Sunday.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Oh ZQ you have made my day…thank you! 🙂

  12. April 19, 2015    

    it’s amazing what strength the nature can give us 🙂

    • April 21, 2015    

      Since immersing myself in nature, I have found such great solace….

  13. April 19, 2015    

    The message in your poem is vibrant and wonderful – and your photos are so beautiful.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Thanks so much Sherry…this poem has a particular special meaning for me.

  14. April 19, 2015    

    Beautiful images of your spring garden, Donna, a patch of vitality and renewal. Without nourishment, it will not grow. Water and sunlight will see to that, but only TLC will make it prosper. Food and shelter keep us alive, but it’s love that allows us to thrive.


  15. April 19, 2015    

    Strength, hope and joy. Who can ask for more? (So long as there is laughter to season the mix).
    Another lovely analogy. Thank you so much.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Absolutely Soosie…humor is the icing on the cake that makes it sweeter.

  16. April 19, 2015    

    Oh, I know just what you mean. Your colorfully gorgeous captures brightened my day:)

    • April 21, 2015    

      Oh Elena this means so much to me to have brightened your day!

  17. CC CC
    April 19, 2015    

    “the grasses gave me rest”—this evokes such a feeling of peace…true peace.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Yes CC, such peace when i lay my head upon the grass….

  18. April 19, 2015    

    I like how your poem can be read both literally and metaphorically. As a reader I found this walk in the garden with you to be refreshing and invigorating.

    • April 21, 2015    

      I enjoyed writing it both ways and appreciate that you saw that Gabriella and felt refreshed.

  19. Debbie Debbie
    April 19, 2015    

    Such a lovely poem. Thank you for sharing.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Thanks for stopping by Debbie and letting me know how much you enjoyed it….

  20. April 19, 2015    


    My visit to your poem, has been so uplifting and enjoyable. Not only the beautiful blooms, but the positivity of the writer. It was obvious to see, as the reader.


    • April 21, 2015    

      Eileen I am so delighted to know this…thank you!

  21. April 19, 2015    

    I didn’t realize those favorites of mine are symbols of strength.
    I love that! Truly some of the sweetest blossoms I know.
    So hard to deal with the changes with your mom…..makes
    life seem like the brief breath that it is.
    Love and tenderness as you roll with the changes,
    dear Donna….I love that you share your journey
    and beautiful words and images with us. Thank you,

    • April 21, 2015    

      It is the best way i know how to cope with it all Jennifer…thank you for wrapping me in your warm words!

  22. April 19, 2015    

    Oh this brought tears… Mom would have loved being a great-grandmother…. Even my Dad is enjoying it…. Michelle

    • April 21, 2015    

      That baby is so lucky to have all of you in his life!

  23. April 19, 2015    

    So positive poem! How important this ‘me’ moment to ponder, contemplate life…Nice :)x

    • April 21, 2015    

      I love to contemplate life in my garden….

  24. April 20, 2015    

    I love the passion joy in this.

    • April 21, 2015    

      so happy to know you enjoyed it Rosemary!

  25. April 20, 2015    

    Good Morning, Donna! What a lovely poem.. And I love your beautiful images and flowers.. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

    • April 21, 2015    

      You are so kind to say so Eileen…hoping your week is splendid.

  26. April 20, 2015    

    Thank you for your poem, I enjoyed reading it.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Oh how wonderful of you to say so…thanks!

  27. April 20, 2015    

    So, so beautiful what you say here. My mother’s aging also made me confront my own mortality. Like you, I am living my garden though it’s sometimes hard to accept all the wilting flowers in it.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Those fleeting flowers are savored as I am never sure they will come again…I think that is why I take so many pictures and pick them for vases.

  28. Brother Ollie Brother Ollie
    April 20, 2015    

    A most hopeful piece!

    • April 21, 2015    

      I am so glad you think so! Thank you…

  29. nan nan
    April 20, 2015    

    There is so much beauty – and so much NOW – in this poem. Well done!

  30. April 20, 2015    

    Wonderful poem, to be the garden is a marvelous feeling.

  31. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    April 20, 2015    

    You know you’ve written a poem that has touched a reader’s heart when they scroll down to comment and forgot to even look at the photos. Loved these words Donna, and I have gone back to see you shared coneflowers, a favourite butterfly flower.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • April 21, 2015    

      This is the type of compliment that a writer appreciates deep in their heart…thank you so much Judith!

  32. April 20, 2015    

    love the image of trees holding you tight… there’s something so utterly comforting about that thought… sigh… i need and spend some time in the forest again…

    • April 21, 2015    

      Trees provide such solace and strength….I agree…time in the forest is needed often.

  33. April 20, 2015    

    beautiful! especially love the ending!

  34. April 20, 2015    

    Your mosaic is beautiful. And I love that you put some of your poem on the flower photo. I would love to try that. Enjoy your week. The flowers are blooming everywhere for Spring! Enjoy!!! Hugs, Diane

    • April 21, 2015    

      So glad you enjoyed the poem and pictures, Diane, especially the words on the picture…I love creating these in Picmonkey.

  35. April 20, 2015    

    Oh I do love Cone Flowers and there is so much good about them for human kind and wildlife. They are just beautiful too. Happy week~

    • April 21, 2015    

      Yes these flowers are so special….they are one of the most important in my garden. Wishing you a lovely week ahead Mary!

  36. April 20, 2015    

    another inspirational poem Donna. Falling is never a bad thing, in fact once you embrace it. You’ll grow strong – like a flowering tree 🙂

  37. April 20, 2015    

    Lovely poem, Donna, it speaks to the cry of my heart, and indeed all of creation, waiting eagerly for the redemption of our temporal bodies into celestial glorious bodies someday. I’ve lost all my older generation, I am the older generation now, but when I look in the mirror at my wrinkles it makes me long for my eternal heavenly home. Your echinacea photos are lovely too.

    • April 21, 2015    

      Thanks Hannah and especially for your thoughts here…we will soon be the elders in my family too…

  38. April 21, 2015    

    The photo and poem brought joy. Sad to watch a parent age though.

    • April 21, 2015    

      It is sad Donna and something my sibs and I are coming to terms with…

  39. April 21, 2015    

    I always feel such a sense of your strength and vulnerability and here it is beautifully expressed through your talent for plants and creativity. This has to be your personal special flower Donna!!

    • April 21, 2015    

      I thank you my dear friend…and yes these are very special flowers to me.

  40. April 21, 2015    

    Your words are so beautiful and soulful, thank you 🙂

    • April 22, 2015    

      Oh I do so appreciate your sincere compliments Cherie! Thank you for your support.

  41. April 22, 2015    

    Your poem takes us to another level – beautiful Donna Donabella!

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