The Garden

Every garden needs a journey,

I have heard it said.

So, I lugged my paving slabs,

Zigzagging them, crazily, across the lawn,

Placing them carefully so as to coincide

With where the grass was unevenly worn.

I’m not Alan Titchmarsh,

But I could always pretend,

As I lay those flagstones, step by step,

Towards the rockery at journey’s end.


Every life should have a journey, too.

So, where are we going to, me and you?

Are we stumbling, meandering, or striding along,

Enjoying all the flowers which we walk among,

Shared in visits from our many friends?

A journey taken, step by step,

Towards the rockery at the end.

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John Botterill

Mon 22nd May 2023 16:02

Thanks Uilleam. Great poetic reposte! Is there a Tuesday Club, too?

And thanks for the complement, Kevin. Takes one to know one, as they say! Cheers a lot! 😀

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Kevin Tan

Mon 22nd May 2023 13:16

You're a lucky person John Botterill. And one amazing writer. It's an honour to share this journey with you!

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Mon 22nd May 2023 12:33

My inspiration's flagging,
My paved intentions crazy,
So cobblers to the lot of it,
I'm now borderline insane.

Right, I'm now off to the Monday Club where I can talk bollocks to someone other than myself!😅

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John Botterill

Sun 21st May 2023 19:26

Thanks for the comments, Manish, Stephen and Leon. Much appreciated! 😀 Yes, NOT being Alan Titchmarsh IS a good thing, Stephen 😂
Thanks for the like, Matilda 😀
(I sometimes worry about how rocky the rockery at the end will be!


Sun 21st May 2023 10:02

Wonderfully flowing and yes poignant poem John 👍


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Manish Singh Rajput

Sun 21st May 2023 02:58

A beautiful and poignant poem, John B. Interesting reference and vocabulary. Very wise and great at description too. Loved the last stanza that hits very hard on emotions.
Thank you.

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 20th May 2023 21:59

A rather poignant poem in the end, John. My dad was good at laying crazy paving. There's no shame in not being Alan Titchmarsh; in fact......

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John Botterill

Sat 20th May 2023 21:49

Thanks Kevin and Uilleam. I'm no gardener or builder, Uilleam, both things my dad was great at. I try to keep it all tidy haha. I'm impressed that you built your own steps!
Is there a poem in it, perhaps? 😏😂

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Sat 20th May 2023 20:42

stumbling, meandering, or striding along,
A bit of each for me now, John.

When I think on our little back garden on a 45 degree slope, how I built a set of steps from old flagstones and cobbles from nearby demolished houses, with no building skills at all. Still solid as a rock though!
-but ouch, my back!

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