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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Weeding My Thoughts to Plant New Seeds

It is wonderful (yet I'll admit a little scary) for me to be able to share something that I have considered so intimate for so long with my readers -- my poetry writing. I have posted 2 other poems on my blog; My "Happy Birthday Poem to Aaron Potts" of "Today is That Day" and the Dual Purpose Meme I Wrote "Jenny from A-Z -- 26 Things you Did Not Know About Me". The next poem is a little more serious and the idea came to me from a dream that I actually remembered (a rarity). I love gardening and working on my self-talk so this poem is a good reminder for me to keep on weeding! I hope you enjoy it and I welcome comments.

Weeding My Thoughts to Plant New Seeds

By Jennifer Mannion 07/08

I am weeding through

my thoughts

negative self talk

ugly words

that spread

as many weeds have

in the unattended

plot of dirt.

The big ones

come away easily

though tiring nonetheless.

It is these little ones

peeking out

now you see them

now you don’t

depending on the sun


the way the wind is blowing

that day.

I take hold

and pull

fully aware

and present.

They do come out

with effort.

I feel relief

at their release.

Time to plant

good thoughts

the flowers

to replace

the barren dirt

turned up soil

the result of

weeds removed.

Just seeds at first

but I see the picture

on the seed package.

I know they will ultimately

be exquisite.

I can visualize

in my mind’s eye

the awakening

to come

from deep inside.

The Universe provides

all the daily nutrients.

I express gratitude

for the constants.

The sun, water

air needed for survival

so fresh

given abundantly.

I am patient


as I wait for

new growth.


yet still pulling weeds.

Daily upkeep is necessary

to prevent

the weeds from threatening

impending beauty and

further development.

Finally I can see

they are coming

slowly it seems

at first.

Then suddenly

sprouting faster

than I could have imagined.

The absolute beauty of

the flowers

burst into life

colors, smells

everything feels new

when you look at

existence this way.

I feel the flowers

and myself


with aliveness.

I enjoy

the magnificence

while understanding

there is still

work to be done.


so new growth

can continue.

I give thanks

when I reflect on

the transformation.

The pure energy

and thrill I get

every time

I envision

the old weedy plot

and how far

it has come.

Since I am cognizant

of the weeds

they come less often.

There is less upkeep.

Growth will continue

as long as I am present, thankful.

How could I not be?

Change is

incredibly inspiring.


Lyman Reed said...

Beautiful, Jenny... thank you for sharing that! :)

Jenny Mannion said...

Thanks so MUCH Lyman! I have no trouble sharing my thoughts or opinions on anything under the sun -- but poetry has been something I have usually only shared with very close friends and family. This did have me holding my breath a bit before pressing PUBLISH POST. ;-) I'm all for facing fears though and am SOOOO happy you enjoyed it and stopped to comment. THANK YOU! Love, Jenny

Susanno said...

So sweet Jenny... I love it so much. Its a great read to starting this week.

Jenny Mannion said...

Thank you so much Susanno! It is a good reminder for me to read in the beginning of the week with my lists in from of me as well! ;-) Gotta keep planting those seeds and weeding! Love, Jenny

Akemi said...

Thank you for sharing. I love gardening, too! Isn't it great to see tiny new sprouts come out seeking the sun light. And so true, they suddenly start growing really fast at one point. They sure appreciate your weeding and caring.

Jenny Mannion said...

Thank you Akemi! I am pretty certain my remembering my dream at all was due to your amazing reading and clearing so a HUGE thanks for that. I love gardening and for a NYC girl that couldn't even keep a cactus alive I am very impressed with my gardens! My self talk is getting there as well..... all is a process and I will keep weeding and planting! Gratefully, Jenny

Irene | Light Beckons said...

Wow Jenny ... I felt I'd read my own growth process in that poem! Love the way you described it. :)

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Irene, That is so sweet and nice to hear! Ahh growth -- it IS a process isn't it? ;-) I am very thankful for how far I have come and I do try to be patient when I think of how far I want to go! Thanks so much for your nice words! gratefully, Jenny

Bruno LoGreco said...

awesome Jenny! - I love the analogy you you used to present your feelings to negative self-talk.

I am glad you shared your poetry with us :)

Jenny Mannion said...

Hey Bruno, You are always so supportive -- thank you!!!! It is greatly appreciated and I am very happy you liked the poem. :-) Gratefully, Jenny

Cath Lawson said...

Hi Jenny - That is a brilliant poem. I love the idea of negative thoughts being weeds and the flowers managing to bloom through once you've removed them.

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Cath, Wow, brilliant -- I am VERY grateful for that HUGE compliment! (blush) Thank you for commenting and for your post on Akemi. I mentioned in my comment to her -- it was the night of her "clearing" that I came up with the idea in a dream and actually remembered it the next day (not typical for me AT ALL)! I am really enjoying the community on your blog and your wonderful posts! Gratefully, Jenny

Chuck Bartok said...

I truly enjoyed your poetry.
Interesting to see Layman here.
Another Brilliant Creator.
Keep up the good work and always wear that smile

Chuck Bartok said...

Oops Forgot to mention you may enjoy my Garden Blog

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Chuck, I am glad you enjoyed my poem. I will definitely check out your gardening site.... I have a bunch of veggies depending on me this year! Lyman is awesome indeed! Thanks for commenting. Gratefully, Jenny

Bruno LoGreco said...

You are very welcome!!

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