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A Grass Roots Approach

by maryanns

Something slick and wet slithers through my fingers;
my hand draws back in shock, wiping slime on my jeans.
I sit and stare into a tangled jungle of many things;
some recognizable, while others elude visual classification.

This space is old and overgrown, no spade has tilled
this wild and obviously defensive world for many years.
A fragrant miss-match of this and that stares back
at me in awe and distaste. I sense a “do not touch” attitude.

Beauty blooms beyond the broken demarcation lines;
red writhes gaily into blue, only to be decapitated rudely.
Vines designed to climb cling tenaciously to roots
inclined to choke and blithely overwhelm the blue in green.

By touch, the basic truth evolved to safely segregate
the bold but blue from stealthy shrews who strangle you.
No matter that a slithering slimy thing might sting,
trust requires the human touch to save you few who bloom.





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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by induce on Tuesday, June 07, 2011 (23:21:09)
Mary Ann, that trust is the hardest thing I enjoyed the swing a natural thing.

peace,

andye

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 (08:28:38)
    Good morning... Thanks Andye Very Happy
    today the garden has to wait
    while I drive to the Seattle airport!!

    Happy days ... Sweetie's coming,
    smiles all around! Cheers, Mary Ann Laughing

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by omegapaf on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 (10:37:56)
reminded me of my garden, and when froggies hop in to my hand. i've always taken a grass roots approach to things - listening to whalesong and just been looking at your book - paul and the pussy cat woofer.

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, June 10, 2011 (12:05:38)
    Ha-ha, I finally painted our Mr. Froggie's other eye back on just this morning. It was either that or buy him some dime store eye-glasses...
    he looks much better with two eyes. Love your garden - I pulled out most of the grass in mine, it was incredibly stubborn. Hugs and smiles my friend - Mary Ann xoxoxo

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      Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
      by omegapaf on Monday, June 13, 2011 (20:23:13)
      mr froggies should always have two eyes........i've got some naughty grass too......though sometimes i smoke it ha ha.

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by FuchsiaFestival! on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 (10:43:24)
Another beautiful poem, Maryann. I liked the alliteration

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, June 10, 2011 (12:08:10)
    Ah, so glad you enjoyed it - I love gardening, pulling grass and weeds out so the little tiny flowers have some room to spread. Thanks so much, Sammi - happy days, Mary Ann Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by Tamara on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 (11:08:47)
Your words are filled with such colorful and lovely refreshing images.

You truly use the artist's palette while creating your poetic canvas. A study in fine art.

Excellent.

Best,

Tamara

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, June 10, 2011 (12:13:21)
    Oh, thank you Tamara, so appreciated. You should'a seen my inspiration... long, tough shoots of Bermuda grass invaders... spreading absolutely everywhere! Ha-ha, flowers will prevail, eventually. Take care my friend, Mary Ann Wink

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by Arsaces on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 (13:39:07)
I think that Robert Frost would have loved this poem. Good metaphor and the end issues a wise message. To save the flowers you got to weed. Wonderful poem. Arsaces

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, June 10, 2011 (12:18:07)
    Oh, he might have enjoyed the dirt under my fingernails, too! Tee-hee, how come grass would rather spread where it's not supposed to be and flowers come up in the lawn? But at least it's mostly healthy, lots of active wiggle worms! Very Happy Very Happy Thanks so much Arasces, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by kylebank on Thursday, June 09, 2011 (16:20:00)
Quote:
Vines designed to climb cling tenaciously to roots

what an incredible line! the language and the image are beautiful!

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, June 10, 2011 (12:21:49)
    Ahhh, true blue grass-roots inspiration, my friend. It seemed quite overwhelming at first, but I think I've made quite a dent into it. Very Happy
    Thanks so much, Kyle - gritty-sweaty Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by rose.storrs on Saturday, June 11, 2011 (23:44:45)
You made my mind wonder to a place filled with things pretty.. i enjoyed this piece!

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 (23:32:35)
    Thank you, Rose! Something about gardens and flowers always inspires me. My neighbor's is just perfect, mine not so much - a bit of work in progress. Cheers, Mary Ann

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by Ilan on Sunday, June 12, 2011 (19:02:59)
Did you see Peter Sellars in
Being There

Here's the plot

Chance (Peter Sellers) is a middle-aged gardener who lives in the townhouse of a wealthy man in Washington D.C. He seems very simple-minded and has lived in the house his whole life, tending the garden, with virtually no contact with the outside world. His cultural and social education is derived entirely from what he watches on the television sets provided by the "Old Man," who raised him. The only other person in his life is Louise, the maid who cooks his meals and looks upon him as nothing more than a child who has failed to grow up. When his benefactor dies, Chance is visited by attorneys handling the estate. They force him to leave his sheltered existence and discover the outside world for the first time.

Great poem Mary Ann

Kind rgs
Ilan

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 (23:35:34)
    Oh, I love Peter Sellers and miss him terribly. No one else could ever do what he did on the screen! I don't recall "Being There"..... maybe if it came on the small tube I'd remember seeing it many years ago...
    Hey, thanks for your wonderful comments, Ilan. You sure brightened up my evening. Take care, Mary Ann Very Happy Very Happy

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      Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
      by omegapaf on Thursday, June 16, 2011 (13:00:25)
      have you ever seen the peter sellers in " dr strangelove " where he plays three different roles?....all of them weird. in three different accents.

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        Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
        by maryanns on Thursday, June 16, 2011 (13:04:40)
        Yes, woo - I'd sort of forgotten about that one. Once again, such an incredible talent he had. I could watch him over and over again. Very Happy Very Happy

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by badmalthus on Monday, June 13, 2011 (01:24:38)
Just a wonderful piece of beauty Mary Ann...going out to sit in my garden right now.
Cheers...Harry

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 (23:38:51)
    I'm guessing my garden is actually quite healthy in spite of being a wee bit overgrown. Oodles of nice fat fishin' worms... tee-hee. I have a plum tree too... no plums yet, though. Take care, my friend. Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by Zbird on Monday, June 20, 2011 (13:48:04)
such vivid imagery this is amazing! I could see and feel it as the words unfolded. love the end! top notch writing as usual.

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, June 27, 2011 (20:40:17)
    Thanks Bonnie - so glad you enjoyed it! I've got two tomato plants going now... tee-hee, "Early Girls" - I tried them in Ketchikan one year, they grew and grew and produced and produced - and not a one turned even pink, let alone red. Maybe nurturing them 1,000 miles south might make a slight difference...? Ha-ha and cheers my friend - Mary Ann

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by rondo on Sunday, July 03, 2011 (01:52:07)
so spoiled am I by your talented lyrics I take you for granted and forget to give your homage of ten stars Very Happy great rhymes

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Saturday, July 09, 2011 (23:35:39)
    Hey, many thanks Ron. No, I didn't get lost in the garden, just a very busy summer daze so far. Take care, have fun and thanks again, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by Stonewing on Saturday, July 09, 2011 (23:22:45)
Hello MaryAnn. Certainly another beauty, it's almost a pity to have to wait for the final line, but to get there was exquisite. In that with it you have pegged the human condition so concisely, by inferring that without the trust there is no real "human touch" physical or otherwise. But maybe I just read to much into it? Wink Sometimes a worm is just a worm.
George

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Saturday, July 09, 2011 (23:42:41)
    Oh my gosh... I must have been right in the middle of enjoying yours exactly while you were reading mine... what a wonderful cooincidence!
    You read beautifully and I am very grateful for all you found in it. I've been absent from gp myself... so many summer events have quite undone my writing focus. See 'ya whenever it wanders back - Best wishes, George - Very Happy Mary Ann

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by Daniel on Friday, July 15, 2011 (12:46:39)
A Beautiful Poem
with a Beautiful
Message. I enjoyed
reading it.

"Beauty blooms beyond the broken demarcation lines;
red writhes gaily into blue, only to be decapitated rudely.
Vines designed to climb cling tenaciously to roots
inclined to choke and blithely overwhelm the blue in green.

By touch, the basic truth evolved to safely segregate
the bold but blue from stealthy shrews who strangle you.
No matter that a slithering slimy thing might sting,
trust requires the human touch to save you few who bloom."

Keep On Writing,
Mary-Ann. Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, July 15, 2011 (13:21:57)
    Hey Daniel - Thanks so much!
    I'm taking a little time off
    with my friend, enjoying the summer.
    Thanks again for your thoughts
    I hope all is well in your world...
    Take care and Big Hugs, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by Carnos on Monday, August 29, 2011 (20:02:19)
Mary Ann your words run perfectly with my mind. This style is perfect and I absolutely love this poem. Your descriptions of a simple daily trip in the garden grass has my heart and mind captured. You create a beauty of colors in your expressions. Wonderful.
Carnos

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, September 05, 2011 (14:28:29)
    Oooh, thank you so much, Carnos. I love that you felt and enjoyed it too - very much a labor of love. So appreciated, my friend - Mary Ann

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Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
by MoZark on Friday, September 02, 2011 (06:45:09)
This could very easily describe the tormented mind. Maybe it’s the anticipation of the coming winter; or then again I may be reading my reflection.
Have a grand tomorrow…Jack

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    Re: A Grass Roots Approach (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, September 05, 2011 (14:33:39)
    Ah Jack - lucky me, it hasn't quite come to that (yet). But wait - as they say on tv ... as soon as the fireweed begins to fade and the hardwoods turn shiny shades of gold - look out! I expect to be fully engulfed by "it". Thanks so much, my friend - Take care, Mary Ann

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