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Life's Garden
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By Michael P. Johnson
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Life's Garden


In shallow soil no great trees root

Nor stony arid ground

From thus one gathers no good fruit

And no rewards are found


Address the land address the seed

Plough deep the fallowed soil

Remove the rocks the clustered weed

Obstructing fervent toil


Afford no time to shifting sand

Where wisdom fears to sow

Evoke God’s blessings to your land

That seed to plants may grow


Root out the ground still hard and bear

Let hands through toil invest

So life’s sweet flow gives crops to share

When time is at its best


Lest depths become too hard and dry

Lest wind removes the soil

Give care life’s water trickles by

Ere roots begin to spoil


Allow for fork and trusted spade

To shift the depths at will

For only then is progress made

And roots receive their fill


When seeds then die and roots emerge

When God sends morning Dew

A downward thrust an upward surge

And life comes bursting through


As nature; so in spirit’s too

One rule combines the twain

Nature and Heaven standing true

And life begins again.....

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Submitted: Friday, June 12, 2015

Last Updated: Friday, June 12, 2015

About the Poet
I never wrote a word of poetry in my life. Till the day Jesus took my hand and touched my soul.....I invite your response. However most poems are not about me! Very few are. But the feed-back good, bad or indifferent is always desired. Not meant to offend, but I write about many things in many a guise. Of life, death, lost, found, saved, backsliders, new comers, repenting souls, doubting hearts, heathens, Christians, fire, water, Satan's daughter, wallowing in sin, saved, made sound walking in Light, graceful righteous. Suffering, ecstatic, bored, excited, sad, delighted, Sick, well, lame, able, living, dying, etc. etc. etc. Writing about anything, everything and everyone as the spirit leads. All meant to reveal, waken, revive, encourage, shame, help. Gladden, pick up, exalt, portrait, liberate. Again over 99% of my work is not about me. Although at times I write as though I were or am. Speaking e.g. in the first person. This is quite common even in the bible itself. Prophets speak of themselves, then God speaks, again the prophet, then God......Quite often it's difficult to distinguish whom it is that at any given time is speaking or narrating.

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