In the garden plot

The Secret Keeper’s five words prompt this week:


A nice set of words that tripped off the fingers like spring chicks.

Photo © Gegik

In the garden plot that quakes with stirring life,

A green spark ignites the flourishing,

The quaking, stirring breaking of bounds.

Bonds of winter snap and fray,

In the cloudy light of day, with rain in the air,

Snow on the hills,

And a blackbird that spies a worm,

Worth its weight in blackbird gold,

Of spring sunshine.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

19 thoughts on “In the garden plot”

    1. Thank you 🙂 We have blackbirds nesting in the garden this year. At least they’ve built a phenomenal nest. Doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll use it—you know what blackbirds are like.

    1. Crows!!!! Blackbirds eat worms. Crows eat dead goats and anything else putrefying that they stumble across. Blackbirds sing the sweetest summer song of all the garden birds. Crows croak. Crows are intelligent. Blackbirds are…not.

  1. “Worth its weight in blackbird gold”
    I feel I want to be crow-like and steal this shiny line…

  2. “Worth its weight in blackbird gold” is indeed a fine line, but taken as a whole I believe you struck “gold” with this one.

  3. A image of a fluffed up feathered bird hopeful Spring will be arriving soon. But first the snow must melt away. You did grand with the words, weaving them into a poem leading them along with the blackbird into a delicious reward of food for one and sunshine for the all of us to share. Marvelous.

      1. I’ve put out all sorts of tasty morsels for Mrs Blackbird who sits patiently on her nest, but she still prefers throwing the leaves about and digging in the dirt. Habit or pure pleasure?

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