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The Garden

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The barbs of your tongue

Cut me to shreds

Unpicking my mind's 

Most delicate threads 


So I weaved myself words

From the pit of my soul 

To replace all the light

And the joy you had stole


Then I ripped myself free

From your talons of spite

Spilling ink upon page

Under dawn's weary light


And I bled, intravenous 

Through roots of my mind 

Feeding a garden

Withered by time


But slowly it grew

Wonderful roses of words

And foliage of stanzas

And stories unheard 


And I, myself, grew

Into the man I should be

As the power of words

Both destroyed 

                          & saved me


◄ Love & Grief

Key to peace ►


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Stephen Atkinson

Wed 17th Aug 2022 10:08

Thank you John & Tom for your encouraging comments! Much appreciated & fir the like, Jordyn 🌈

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Tue 16th Aug 2022 11:33

Brilliant Stephen, very powerful. It's the real magic of writing to go through some struggles or pain and come out on the other side with such beautiful words.

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John Botterill

Mon 15th Aug 2022 22:59

Absolutely awe-inspiring, Stephen. Fierce yet tender. A real tour de force!

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Stephen Atkinson

Mon 15th Aug 2022 19:05

Thank you very much for your flattering, inspiring comments Keith, Clare, Jennifer, & Julie! Truly appreciated 🌈
And thanks to all for reading & liking 🌷🌷

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julie callaghan

Sun 14th Aug 2022 22:33

Wonderful words.

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jennifer Malden

Sun 14th Aug 2022 13:44

Fantastic language, and very clever use of the garden metaphor. Very well written and planned.


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Sun 14th Aug 2022 13:38

This is stunning. So powerful and empowering - I just love it! One my favourites from you. 😌

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keith jeffries

Sun 14th Aug 2022 13:20

Well penned and a message for us all. Great use of language.
Thank you

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