In the Garden

Prairie blue eyes HDR


Hatred breeds where darkness obscures

the beauty attached to cells

which split and divide with remarkable similarity;

every heart bleeds blood.

Every soul’s veins mark its skin in tattoos inked with life.

To decide that one of the Earth’s peoples should be obliterated

is to nominate one flower for destruction.

Would you choose the rose? Or the sweet pea?

Which deserves death?

What reasons could justify the removal

of one shade in the spectrum,

 pure Light knit whole?

Colours, textures, scents, flavours –

the loss of but one is to deny the rainbow its arc,

the garden its splendour.

What great catastrophe will be required to cut away the cataracts

 that blind us to our collective dignity?


My heart is heavy as I consider some of the newsfeed I have read this morning. Will we never learn that hatred is ugly? That violence is evil? That each of us has a place in the Global Garden? What legacy will we leave to our children if we cannot learn to love our neighbours?

13 comments on “In the Garden

  1. Fig Tree Chance says:

    I don’t know if we’ve read the same articles, but my heart is similarly heavy and weary with the insanity of violence, the disregard for life–especially the innocent children. I’m nearly sick to my stomach lately. Great poem, Mel–beautiful photo. God bless you muchly.

  2. robertrife says:

    Brilliant! Nice piece. Probing. (Watch your use of “which”).

  3. Heidi Viars says:

    oh Melody, this is a wonderful piece. I was walking this morning and my heart felt heavy with the burdens of the world. I was homesick for our real home. Thanks for sharing, dear friend!

    • melodylowes says:

      I am with you – I feel homesick sometimes when I see the royal mess we have made of things down here. If feeling heavy makes us DO something, the feeling isn’t wasted! But I do hunger for a place where evil doesn’t get to mess everything up…

  4. Gallivanta says:

    Sadly, there is some awfully rotten stuff going on in the world, but there is a lot of goodness, too. Hope this link works for you. There are good people everywhere. 🙂

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