Perfectly manicured Wild natures (audio poem)

Perfectly manicured Wild natures (audio poem)
A pristine street of garnished green
          manicured perfectly
prize-winning roses planted in a row
lush bushes trimmed just so
not an aspiration too high, or a limb too low

A perfect scene, an impressive show
the keepers keep pruning and perfecting
as their pride and ambition grows

Until that day, when the winds brought a change –
one of the keepers noticed something strange
What is that? A blade out of place?
How can that be? I’ve done everything perfectly!
Rip it from the root! Don’t leave a trace!


What began as one unruly blade –
a thorn in his side – quickly multiplied
attempting to destroy the enviable scene
          manicured perfectly

Less time sipping lemonade
near uniform blades
more time plucking and pulling
manicured perfection he was
trying to maintain

What grew outside also grew within
no end to the unwanted shoots,
his frustrated thoughts, or his unruly hairs
hence the season of plucking and pulling began
a season of discontent for the exhausted man
attempting to remain
          manicured perfectly

Until that day, when the winds brought a change –
standing in the middle of the street
          manicured perfectly
he screamed, I am done plucking and pulling!
Let nature be what it wants to be
and that includes me!


It did not take long for nature to accept his invitation
wild now grows where it was once plucked and pulled
into submission

The manicured grass seeds, brought over on a boat,
without his constant pruning, on their coddled nature,
they choked

The off-colored blades were
sunflowers and wildflowers trying to blend
without his constant pruning, the freed seeds
jumped the street and climbed over fences
taking over entire neighborhoods
defenseless to stop nature’s prowess

With his prized perfection
now a disintegrating dream,
the wild and unmanicured man
stood in the overgrown street
kissed the center of a sunflower
and shouted,
We are free!

Interesting thoughts can come from noticing an odd blade of grass. 🤔 The inspiration for poetry is everywhere! Thank you for visiting and listening to my poetic story. Be well. Be wild! 💗 Michele

Thank you to J Re Crivello with Masticadores Brasil, for publishing my post, “Let Your Spirit Take Flight.” 🦅 Another thank you to those who have taken the time to review my poetry collections. I was recently reading my Amazon reviews, which I have not done in a while, and noticed a few new ones. I am grateful to everyone who has taken the time to purchase, read, and review my collections, illustrated by my daughter, Sammi Lee. I do my best to write reviews of books I have read; I know it can be difficult to squeeze one more thing into a busy schedule. If you are interested in reading my reviews, check out my Being a Woman Poetry Collections Page. 🙏🏻

Find my photos, reels, and micropoetry on IG – @mlsefton

Photo 1: by rawmn Photo 2: by Mathias De Coensel

© 2022 Michele Lee Sefton

91 thoughts on “Perfectly manicured Wild natures (audio poem)

  1. Oh my god what a relaxing audible treat!!! I’m kind of emotional, as I love this voice and I was engrossed.
    Then a rocky song, love it’s music, is really from 1969?? Wow.
    You made my day. I thought enough of internet today, then I saw your blog, I couldn’t resist. Thank you for sharing

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for your enthusiastic response, Devang! 🙏🏻My voice and that song – a contrast, I suppose. 🎶 A song that has stood the test of time. A great movie too, if you’ve never seen it. I am happy to read I made your day. Wow! That is quite an honor. Thanks again! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Have some fun!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I’m definitely spending my Sunday with a smile.
        Yes your voice and that song was a contrast. Imagine you reciting your poem in rock style(like that in that song) 😅.
        I will check out your IG soon, it will be great to learn from you. 🙇🏻‍♂️
        Keep shining 🌞

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you very much. I appreciate it. Great thoughts from you too! A wonderful sentiment and words to live by and you clearly live by them based on the adventures you two have. I love following your trips, through words and photos! It is a great song! Thank you for joining me and singing along. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  2. This is so funny because at times I can be so anal-retentive when it comes down to manicuring my lawn and yard. I guess I look at balancing nature, and nature is far from that girlfriend. LOL 🤩💖😊🌺😍 What a poignant reminder and a great musical accompaniment! Enjoy the rest of your weekend my sweet friend. 👏🏼🥂😘

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This was a funny poetic story that spilled out of me yesterday. I don’t question or hesitate for too long – I just let the poem have its way. And the wildflowers too! 🌻💗🌼I applaud your work – pristine lawns take a lot of work! Gardens do too. Worth it though. I do love the idea of fields of wildflowers and sunflowers, but even those can require work, especially where I live. 🌵 Cheers to nature, however it shows up! 🥂🌞 Thank you, Kymbelina. Wishing you a wonderful weekend too! 💃🏽💞💃🏻

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Oh how I appreciate your talents and foresight my dear dancing queen. 💃🏼 When a poem hits you at that unexpected moment, you gotta follow it and go with the flow. .😊💖😍 The emotion is there for the taking my friend. And you took it! Bravo!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Here’s to a FANtabulous weekend as always!!! 💐🔮🥰🌳🦋😊💜✨🤩💖😘💋

        Liked by 1 person

  3. What a glorious poem about all that is within. I adore how you’ve taken that blade of grass and used it as a seed for consciousness and our ability to go within, and find new directions, new choices. Amazing poem, Michele. I love it. Happy Saturday! 💞🦋🌳

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow! 🤩 An impressive interpretation of my manicured poem. 💖 I think your interpretation is more elevated than my poem, but I graciously accept your summary and say thank you. 🙏🏻Yes, it is! Happy Saturday to you too, Jeff! 🌳🌻🌞

      Liked by 2 people

  4. What a delightful post! I love how it erupts from this small piece of grass and influences the evolution of something bigger and different in humanity. I feel like the return to ‘wild’ is a fitting end and, though it is often viewed as the end of civilization, I feel it is the beginning. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Jaya! Knowing how connected you are to your natural surroundings; I appreciate your feedback. That and your ability to beautifully summarize what I have written are special moments of writing reflection and connection for me. 💖🙏🏻

      Liked by 1 person

  5. I really enjoyed your audio poem. Nice to hear your voice. Those manicured lawns and gardens. I am always amazed in Florida how much manicuring they do . Every hedge is electrically snipped into submission. Maybe it is because of the climate . Here in the north we have a winter where nothing grows. So there is a natural break in the need for activity to suppress the growth. Anyway.. nice poem and I love the guy with the tousled hair and sunflowers!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Anne. I am so glad you enjoyed my poem, voice, and the sunflower man. He seems happy. I suppose standing in a sunflower field will do that to a person. 🌻 The Valley of the Sun has too much grass, for the desert climate, in my opinion, but lawns are popular. They are nice for kids, of course. Many golf courses too!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Oh this poem is delightful and beautifully meaningful! All the manucuring out there and within is such tedious work indeed! The ease and joy of allowing nature to take over is truly adventurous when totally in awe of how much it does take over 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Pragalbha! I appreciate your sentiment and your visit. 🙏🏻I imagine our world, both outwardly and inwardly, would look very different if nature was allowed to be and expand, rather than being clipped and controlled. The subject of make-believe! 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  7. The seeds of creative writing sown, now shown flowing freely from a blade of grass into a sunny, golden field. Yours are wonderful words, wild with imagination in poetry cultivated only as you can! Lovely, Michele. ✍🏼🌞🌹

    Liked by 1 person

  8. To watch a garden being tended with chemical herbicides, pesticides and fertizer is to realize how we are destroying the soil. The beauty of the wilderness becomes something we seek, yet it could be just outside our doors. We also behave like this towards each other at times, the setting up of neighbourhoods that become isolated as communities, through wealth, race, religion or whatever.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. David, I greatly appreciate your insightful perspectives. 🙏🏻 Thank you for taking the time to share them; in doing so you have extended the conversation in a most meaningful way.

      Like

    1. Lovely to read you, Sandra! It is an extended metaphor, but not for my writing. Poetry offers many gifts, including different interpretations for different readers. Thank you, I will. You too! ✍🏻

      Like

  9. I’ve loved to hear your delightful voice and read your poem, dear Michele!🌷🌻🥰 writing from a unique perspective, this particular poem from you is full of life and rich in stories! I admire how you turn the smalls of life into a beautiful melody with poetic flares. 💗your photo is also grace and beauty combined! 🌷💕

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I love your visits. 💗 Thank you, Miss Annabel. ✍🏻🩰 This particular poem was an interesting one. I never know where the lines will take me, but I enjoy the journey! Especially, when the writing journey leads me to a street overgrown with sunflowers. 🌻🌻🌻 Have a wonderful day beautiful dancer! 🤗🌞💐

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thank you, Michele!💗 yes, not knowing and letting go the need to control is part of the journey! Yours has led to wonders and beauty 🌷🌻! You too, enjoy a beautiful week!

        Liked by 1 person

  10. The journey to become planted and to be tenderly looked after… how did we get here and flourish under such conditions. I am not a prissy person, but my caretaker is…lol….
    You have a way of shaping your storytelling poetry that grabs us your readers…thanks

    Liked by 1 person

  11. How wonderful, Michele! I remember very well the great film that I saw in the cinema when I was young. I came out of the cinema feeling different – wild, free and awesome. It’s been a long time ago, but every time I hear this song by Steppenwolf, the wonderful feeling comes back.
    Nice share, Michele and best to you!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I love when we are able to make meaningful connections like the one you described. Thank you, Artist Rosie. 😊 Songs have a way of making and attaching to special memories. Thank goodness for music! And art!! Best to you too. Have a wonderful weekend! 🌞

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s