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I Had a Neighbor

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Dom Mart
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0 posted 09-08-99 09:10 AM       View Profile for Dom Mart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Dom Mart's Home Page   View IP for Dom Mart


I had a neighbor years ago,
Whose name I can't remember,
Who manicured his front yard
From April to November.

He'd clip all errant leaves and sprouts.
He'd dig and yank with an aim to
Unearth every wayward weed
From turf it had no claim to.

He watered and he fertilized;
He transplanted and he pruned.
He placed seedlings into little holes,
Where plant food had been spooned.

His yard, a verdant masterpiece,
Was it impressive? Very.
Compared to it, all other yards
Were only ordinary.

A rustic bench sat in its midst
Within a miniature bower.
A perfect spot to sit and muse
And pass a fragrant hour.

But sitting there was not allowed,
For a tender shoot might meet
The dismal fate imparted by
A sitter's clumsy feet.

Thus the yard kept its perfection
By means of a stern dictate
That, like a museum painting,
It was there to contemplate.

Neighbor and yard are both gone now,
But they well illustrate the rule
That when art becomes compulsion,
The artist becomes a fool.
© Copyright 1999 Dom Mart - All Rights Reserved
Lucie
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1 posted 09-08-99 09:28 AM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

Very good!! and I loved the message behind it!!
Pepper
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2 posted 09-08-99 10:13 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

ditto

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hoot_owl_rn
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3 posted 09-08-99 01:08 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Nicely written

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Sunshine
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4 posted 09-08-99 01:19 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Very, very good....lessons abound!
traveler
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5 posted 09-08-99 02:19 PM       View Profile for traveler   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for traveler

Bravo ... smile ... just checking on line clock ... nope ... not a complusion yet ...
thanks for the great message ... wrapped so well in your prose ..
Sue
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6 posted 09-08-99 03:22 PM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

traveler, I don't wish to be difficult, but this is not prose - it's a poem, and a good one.
I love gardening, but fortunately I haven't taken it to the point that I can only enjoy it when I'm working in it. After reading this I'll watch myself!
WhtDove
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7 posted 09-08-99 08:20 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Lesson learned! Poem well done! Thanks for the read, I had some fun!
Denise
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8 posted 09-08-99 08:51 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Excellent and very interesting!

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Denise
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9 posted 09-25-1999 07:58 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

I thought this was excellent, so to the top you go.
johnt300
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10 posted 09-25-1999 08:03 AM       View Profile for johnt300   Email johnt300   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for johnt300

Nice piece. And very true.
Tyson
Seymour Tabin
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11 posted 09-25-1999 09:04 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Dom,
Well done enjoyed the read.
caroline
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12 posted 09-25-1999 10:54 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Dom I really like your style of writing
This is excellent, as I have found your other works to be, also!

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JennyLee
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13 posted 09-25-1999 01:36 PM       View Profile for JennyLee   Email JennyLee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JennyLee

Too cool...I am surrounded by "neighbors"
like this.A very lyrical piece!!!

Jenny
 
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