Donations are essential to keep Write Out Loud going    

Peace In The Garden

entry picture

Memory is elastic
and I can’t help but stretch it
thinking back to chasing sunsets
Atop my motorbike in Thailand
enthralled and awed
complete abandon
I never believed 
that moment could be bettered
I never thought
life could be more generous

The air is hot today
frogs skitter on the pond
flowers all in bloom
A cat curled on the deck
the outstretched arms of summertime
Gentle, eased and calm
I lean into the mood
quiet the troubles of a soul

And if I am, I am…
sipping beer
at the fall of man
I found peace
in the garden

How easily worries perfume the heart
the future is a swollen thunderhead
Some madman’s prickling trigger finger
wriggles and we’re done…
Yet, my eyes are closed today
halfway or fully
Listening to the insects
all those busy wings
Caught in
the thrum of simply being

A glass of something cool 
a twinkling string of lights above
it’s something I’ve been chasing
I eye the dancing branches
as the sunlight slithers away
Safe and sound, I’m free again
relax into the moment
quiet the troubles of a soul

And if I am, I am…
talking to the animals
at the fall of man
I found peace
in the garden…


peacecalmmiddle agegarden of edengardening

◄ The Enemy of Love

The Delicates ►


Profile image


Wed 5th Jul 2023 09:49

Thank you Holden! Very kind of you.

Holden Moncrieff

Mon 3rd Jul 2023 18:10

A wonderful poem, Tom, perfectly evocative of peace and serenity; a truly inspiring attitude to life! 🌷

Profile image


Sun 2nd Jul 2023 13:05

Thank you Clare, Ruth and Uilleam 😃 I hope I didn't dream up the idea of a thunderhead cloud, I think it's real metrological term... Let's hope so anyway.

I appreciate this poem is pulling in a few different directions and should probably be edited down and more 'pure' but you all took away the original idea; gratitude for finding a pretty little patch of land and the joy it brings. Peace and calm can provide as much joy as wild & adventurous excitement.

Thanks also to Helene for reading this one and the 'like'.

Profile image

Ruth O'Reilly

Sat 1st Jul 2023 19:40

A moment of mindfulness brilliantly captured in your poetry Tom, enjoyed how this takes us to the peace garden

Profile image


Sat 1st Jul 2023 12:11

Lovely, Tom. I am glad you are getting the chance to enjoy your garden. 🌻🌻🌻

Profile image

Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Sat 1st Jul 2023 11:41

Lovely that Tom.
swollen "thunderhead"? I don't think I've heard that term before-hope you didn't get wet!
I'm thankful for our patch of garden, small as it is.

If you wish to post a comment you must login.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more Hide this message