Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Garden Guardian

The Garden Guardian

The sunflower sentry stood guard.
His demeanor: solemn, alert.
It was his job to keep out intruders,
standing watch, so that no one got hurt.

He allowed no twinkle in his eye;
not a smile, not a grin, not a smirk.
Sounds easy, but it wasn't.
Being serious was hard work.

He stood tall and proud,
facing down the sun.
Firmly rooted, he held his ground.
He would never run.

A winged intruder breached the perimeter.
The guardian never suspected an invasion from the sky!
All he could do was stand there and take it.
The invader went straight for his weak spot--his eye!

The sunflower sentry stiffened,
trying to keep a straight face.
While across his features,
the butterfly danced, tickled, and traced.

The sunflower squirmed under the tickling torture,
until at last he could take no more!
He doubled over with roaring laughter.
He laughed harder than he had ever laughed before.

His laugh was so loud it startled the butterfly,
who flew quickly away,
but she circled around and returned,
ready again to play.

Sunflower and butterfly became fast friends
and whiled the summer away.
Sunflower decided laughing was good.
He's beaming still to this day.


  1. Oh wow, this is so cute! you should make a book out of this one! i love it.

  2. that is such a cheery poem and pic combo. Perfect!

  3. Terrific writing!! Beautiful pictures! Great photography to capture the butterfly.

  4. Oh, that's adorable!

  5. Oh my, what awesome writing and the pics made it perfect. You are an amazing writer and this made my day.

  6. What a sweet poem! If that sunflower is in YOUR garden, I'm very impressed. Whenever I've tried to grow them, they go so top-heavy, they couldn't stand tall like a good sentry.

  7. Oh Dear Connie YOU ARE REMARKABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    you made my day with such a delightful poetry :)))

    I felt lost in the world of two fast friends who are so beloved to me either
    happy springy times dear friend which is boosting up your outstanding imagination sooo well :)
    and yes thank you so much for beautiful images so cherish and charming!

  8. What an awesome poem! You are a genius at telling a story and painting a picture with words. Thank you for sharing this.

  9. P.S. Wouldn't that make an adorable children's picture book!!

  10. Awesome Connie and you have a way of painting a pic with your words. I tried to leave a comment the other day but didn't think it went through. Blogger has changed so many things and it's hard to keep up.

  11. Precious poem! I agree with Karen. I know you have written books of poems in the past, but a childrens book would be excellent. It is a great way to help children appreciate the joys of life. And sometimes help to make their way thru the not so joyous times in life. Books of poems are a lovely way to bring children into their own. hugs, lj

  12. TERRIFIC, Connie... Sunflowers do seem to stand above the rest --when it comes to the flowers in the garden.... I love sunflowers and we always get our picture taken together in August when we go to Biltmore. BUT--this year, they were gone in August... Oh Well---will try next year!!!


  13. Now whenever I look at a sunflower, Connie, I will recall reading this poem. Thank you for the wonderful imagery.

  14. well written poem.
    beautiful sunflower.
    Thank you for sharing

  15. What a happy poem!

  16. This is a definite mood booster, much needed. Thank you.

    Great timing with those photos of the butterfly too.

    Enjoy October, Connie.

  17. Hi Connie, What a fun and delightful poem and such gorgeous pictures. Wishing you a very nice weekend. Mildred

  18. First of all.........your photos are breathtaking! So lovely! And as always.........your words bring a smile! Wonderful!

  19. This is so cute and clever, Connie! Love the fabulous photos too! I agree that this poem is perfect for a children's book!


  20. Your poem and photos are awesome, Connie. I loved this posting. You are so creative.

  21. Highlights for Children would probably snap this delightful poem up! The photos are great.

  22. Very cute and great photos, too.

  23. Oh I like his winged intruder, glad they became friends....beautiful writing

  24. So whimsical and sweet! Love the photos!

  25. Thank you so much, everyone, for your kind comments. Susan, yes, this sunflower was in our garden.

  26. I love this posting on sunflowers. Beautiful photos and lovely verse!


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