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Fabulous Friday Feature 17: Gardens

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 1, 2013, 6:35 AM


Garden Stamp by WoW-SkyIn My Garden by SharkfoldI support DLD by IrrevocableFateI suggest DDs. Do you? by archaemic

Greetings, all, and welcome to my seventeenth

FABULOUS FRIDAY FEATURE

This week, I'm brightening up a grey winter with GARDENS. Unfortunately, I have to announce that there will not be a theme to next week's feature. I have made an executive decision based on my work load at grad school, and until further notice, I will simply be posting exceptional pieces I find over the course of the week. If you've got someone you think should be featured in next Friday's Feature, I AM EVEN MORE DESPERATE FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS, and I'd love it if you would send me a note with a link to the deviation in question and I'll take a peek ;) I'd also love to hear about other features, particularly themed ones. I'll list those in the bottom section to help spread the word! The same goes for contests or news articles!

Please favorite this journal and pass it on! And if you liked this feature, be sure to check out the one from last week: azizriandaoxrak.deviantart.com…

I am ALWAYS seeking donations and nominations for my pay-it-forward project! So far I've been able to donate four premium memberships, and I'm only a few hundred points away from being able to give away another one! I want to be able to donate premium memberships to deserving members, so please check out my journal for info on sending nominations:
Pay-It-Forward Project:new:Update: Unfortunately, due to a number of factors, I will not be continuing this project. However, I strongly encourage you all to pay it forward yourselves!



Deviants so far who have received premium memberships as part of this project:

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Thank you sososososo much to namenotrequired for helping me to promote this project!
Greetings! I am posting this to let you all know I have decided I want to try to pay the premium membership love forward, and so I am looking for donations to go toward buying premium memberships for other people :) You can find the donation box on my front page. PLEASE DONATE! I'll need lots of help - all contributions are appreciated, no matter how small :)
That's part one, here's part two:
I'm seeking nominations for extra-special deviants, especially those who are really involved in the community, who don't already have a premium membersh


ALSO, my dear friend angeljunkie is raising funds to renew lacoterie's supergroup submission and would be grateful for any donations! Please consider just donating a point or two to help! Please check out the donation box on his front page.

And now, without any further ado: THE FEATURES!

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Visual Art

Garden Gate by yanadhyanaLady of the Garden III by xessencexGarden Gate by Katjakayanother Cosmic Garden by CosmicFolkloreGeisha in the  blossom garden by molligamiGarden by RisataRose Garden Jewelry Box by SarahPerrymanOctopus' Garden by erikamoenextinct garden of happiness by tuziaczekWinter garden by Ner-TaminIn The Rose Garden by chamirraThe Pink Garden by LinmirianJoyrexMy Garden by HrefngastFormal Garden by rifka1Flowered garden png 02 by HermitCrabStock

Literature

in the garden of eden     In the days after, I learn the number of corners between her street and mine (four), the number of steps between the street corner and her fence (fifty-one), the number of bricks between the fence and her door (nineteen). I walk across those bricks four hundred times, maybe, and still it isn't until three years later—my last here—that I can bring myself to knock. So much for bravery.
     But in the end, I don't have to knock. The door opens for me as I stand staring at it, like I've done every other time, only now her mother is on the other side smiling at me like she knows something I don't. Her eyes are blue like her daughter's, but darker, more unreadable. After a moment, she reaches out and shakes my hand gravely. "Come in," she says, just like that.
     And I do. It never occurs to me to ask why—it only seems right. "Thank you," I say after I step in, my manners asserting themselves be
Twickenham GardenThe garden is dead.
The sun is spent
and the earth is sunk,
sullen. And everywhere
the scent of soil,
defeat. Deceit
in the shape of a serpent.
And here I stand:
a senseless piece
of this place; a faceless
participle caught
in the present tense,
in the I am, I make,
I do –

I make-do with the dead.
With the lost marble
limbs and the mandrake.
I suck venom from the snake
and sap the crocodile's tears,
for I do bring the spider love,
fear; those old self-traitors.
O the webs we weave –
the stones we've sown
into the horizon,
entwining spine
and time
like so much rope
round my neck.
Dream, she says,
of the age-old tale.
Sleep.
Weep.
The fruits of my pilgrimage.
I'm in over my head,
and O, I know that
the garden is dead.
But this is not
the end of the world,
no -
It's just the beginning.
In the middle of your garden..Through all the crunching ribs
and torn muscle fibers
it was worth it. The
weight of her sternum
drilled down to her
heart tissue, pricking
electrifying jolts of pain,
of progress. Her lungs
were heavy with asthma,
but the burning, the burning
was oh so worth it. Watching
those pounds shed like
dead skin cells when she
stepped on that glass scale
that clarified everything true. Her frame
would become magnificent. She envisioned
the protruding collarbones and tree branch
arms. Finally she would become
perfection.
ghosts in the gardenand she slung
her slender bones
down
swallowed by fabric
gardens
chintz roses echoed
on the rattling
teacup
in her shiver-quake,
taut-canvas fingers
and folded
her molasses tongue
around the unraveling
storm clouds gathering
gray
—good for the flowers—
and the canny mouse
curled cozy in some
dusky cabinet corner
—bad for the biscuits—
before smoothing
another sip
down her furrowed
throat.
when i was small,
she said into the silence
on a paper-whisper,
eyes cast
on an errant past,
my sister died.
and they laid her
on the kitchen table
in her Sunday best, and
i remember
her small fingers curled
and i fancied
she was holding hands
with Death.

then she shook
her dandelion fluff hair,
gave a flutter laugh,
a butterfly sigh
and said
i've got gardenfuls
of ghosts.

she pressed a painted smile
to her fading lips
and, crowned
with the breath of
gardenias,
asked about the weather
once more.
flowerbedbloom my back into a garden,
crack me open with your lover's jargon.
dig the dirt out of my lungs,
feel my insides with the tip of your tongue.
hack my spine into 3s,
see the ugly in me.
break me down with words of truth,
i don't know what i would do without you.
dandelion winethe dandelion has made its appeal
to wine and whimsy,
but it's plucked— regardless of nostalgia.
[i am that lion's ragged blooms, and you are the strong winds that blow my meek seeds away, and he— he is the brawny child pulling me like another weed passe. and there have been other gardeners with hands mortared in black veins by fertile soil, savaging between tame dalmatian tulips and mums the color of fat tabbies embellished by aureate mornings; there have always been these potted plants prettily set as if all of creation planned them so.]
and its roots remain tucked
In the good earth,
flirting with raindrops and shelved reverie.
[i am the pariah's cure— tisane caught in the red dragon's talons and resting in the part of feathers bright on a charm of finches as their form shadows their flight overhead. i can be opium, and you and him are but another pair of flared-nostriled, flushed fools. the crescent moon lives in my eyes to cause yours mist. i am the apparition—
Dandelion Winethe dandelion has made its appeal
to wine and whimsy,
but it's plucked-- regardless of nostalgia.
[i am that lion's ragged blooms, and you are the strong winds that blow my meek seeds away, and he-- he is the brawny child pulling me like another weed passe. and there have been other gardeners with hands mortared in black veins by fertile soil, savaging between tame dalmatian tulips and mums the color of fat tabbies embellished by aureate mornings; there have always been these potted plants prettily set as if all of creation planned them so.]
and its roots remain tucked
In the good earth,
flirting with raindrops and shelved reverie.
[i am the pariah's cure-- tisane caught in the red dragon's talons and resting in the part of feathers bright on a charm of finches as their form shadows their flight overhead. i can be opium, and you and him are but another pair of flared-nostriled, flushed fools. the crescent moon lives in my eyes to cause yours mist. i am the apparition-- damned, as a sou
Tire Notwhat flowered bed without weed
is worth our careful tending?
no grass growing in between
the stones of my rock garden
be not a plot worth having
with no good work to finish.


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100 Poem Project Update!
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journal: azizriandaoxrak.deviantart.com…
blog: 100-poem-project.blogspot.com/
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Thank you so much for the privilege to be mentioned alongside such stunning artists :heart:
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You're so welcome, sweetie! ^^
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You deserve :glomp:s to the moon and back for your never tiring kindness and awesomeness, you know that?
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Thank you, love it!!
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You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed ^^
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Thanks so much - I'll have to read all the others now! Lovely feature, as always. :clap: :heart:
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You're welcome, m'dear ;)
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I appreciate the feature. :)
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