Shipwrecked Gardens


Carsten Wieland

We have lived long
We have seen much
Little is what it was
Less is what it is now 
Much we do not know
More we do not guess
Lots we don’t believe
Some we won’t deny
We have lived long

Have we lived well
Have we seen much
A little bit of sorrow
A little bite of hunger
A tiny glimpse of hope
A tiny spark of grace
A whisper of prayer
A sacrifice of peace
Have we lived well

“There are still fields where you may come across
a shipwrecked garden . . .”
 ~ Deborah Digges

About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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7 Responses to Shipwrecked Gardens

  1. a question worth taking to sleep every night – beautiful


  2. Thank you, Peter – the words are wonderful amd it is a honor you did choose my painting. :-)


  3. thefeatheredsleep says:

    Probably when we grow closer to the ‘end’ of this cycle, we should consider this almost as a mantra. Then again, what’s wrong with considering it well beforehand? Perhaps by doing so, we’d be a little more grateful for our existence and a little less self-tormented? Either way, knowledge of this calms the soul and makes the way for the next great adventure. That said, it keeps us youthful also because we are bright eyed in our awareness, something even the youngest among us, is sometimes forgetful of.


    • Thank you. The older I get, the simpler it seems to me: Look back with gratitude; Look forward with hope . . . Blessings!

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      • thefeatheredsleep says:

        Nicely said. Look back in gratitude. I recall the film Look Back In Anger and I think it is very true for some of us, we are hostage to anger. If you can let it go then you can look forward with hope no matter what, but only if you are not yoked to the past – wise words my friend

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