waiting on gardener


my life is a ripe pumpkin
connected to the earth
growing green from the
hard work of soil where
i put down roots to vine
out from the tender shoot
of youth into fruitful years,
orange and mellow with
graced blessings, full;
yet, intermingled with the


photo by lynn

seeds of good intentions
hidden inside me, ooze
slimy memories strung
with sticky emotions; sin.
i desire to be cleaned up,
hollowed out of my muck
and filled with radiant light;
though the carving might
be painful, i will wear a
genuine smile on my face,
aglow with true wisdom.






Linking to Bjorn’s metaphor challenge at dVerse Poets’ pub: “Meeting the Bar”.Β  My poem’s theme inspired by children’s book: The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rob Kistner
    Sep 29, 2019 @ 10:38:46

    Excellent use of metaphor Lynn! Creatively conceived, and very effective! October Jack-O -Lantern… πŸ™‚


  2. rothpoetry
    Sep 28, 2019 @ 16:21:30

    Very nicely done! Pumpkins filled with light! I love it. All that muck contains the seeds of life that get passed on… but that would be another poem!


  3. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 28, 2019 @ 14:11:51

    I wonder about that mischievous grin coming from the carved out lantern…
    but at least the muck can be put into pies πŸ™‚


  4. Beverly Crawford
    Sep 27, 2019 @ 17:41:11

    Oh would that we all could be hollowed out of our muck and filled with radiant light! Great metaphor.


  5. Frank Hubeny
    Sep 27, 2019 @ 14:28:03

    I like especially those seeds of good intentions and these lines: “i put down roots to vine
    out from the tender shoot
    of youth into fruitful years,”


  6. sarahsouthwest
    Sep 27, 2019 @ 12:42:32

    This is a great metaphor – I’ll never look at a pumpkin lantern in quite the same way. How wonderful to be filled with light.


  7. revivedwriter
    Sep 27, 2019 @ 11:24:49

    Wonderful extended metaphor! At first, I thought, “Why a pumpkin and not some other plant?” but through the course of the poem you explained it. Good job for making it surprising and engrossing!


  8. Phillip Knight Scott
    Sep 27, 2019 @ 10:30:00

    Such a great metaphor – and perfect timing!


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