Thursday, April 23, 2009


Today's napowrimo prompt from readwritepoem asked us to consider a profession different from our own. I kind of loosely went with the prompt, because I thought of gardening.

She calls her plants her babies
Don’t you think gardening is just
Like mothering she asked I just
Smiled and nodded, embarrassed
To say that if I tended my sons
The way I tend my plants
I would have only given them
Attention when they were
Young and pretty and if they were
Smart they would be succulents
Lord knows they wouldn’t get any
Water from me at least not on
A regular basis and once they
Started to get sick I would
Just pass them by and sigh
And know it’s only a matter
Of time before I throw them out
And replace them with a new
Seedling or a fresh, precious bloom


  1. Very clever. I like that you compared plants to children. Great always.

  2. So true. I like my plants outdoors where nature takes care of them. Except for one poor cactus, my houseplants always die of neglect. I l like how you framed this as a conversation with a neighbor.

  3. That is so wonderful, I smiled the whole way through :-).

  4. Nicely written, and great comparison for thought. ( And I also thought, on the side, about the plant in The Little Shop of Horrors :-) )

  5. Oh, very nice! "...if they were smart/They would be succulents" ha ha!

  6. Oh my goodness!! I LOVE this!! I'm still chuckling!!

    --and a big thanks for that award...I FINALLY got it all posted here: