Tearing Up Nature’s Garden

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Hi Jim,” said George, when he saw him coming up the old wooden porch steps.

Old Blue woofed his welcome and licked Jim’s hand as he scratched the old dog under his chin.

Did you hear about the new development they are building on the way to Windy Gap? It is going to have 200 houses and a swimming pool,” Jim said excitedly.

Old George had a sad look on his face as he nodded and rocked back and forth.

You know, Jim, they are clear-cutting a lot of trees and wildflowers to make to make that happen.”

Seems we humans are always busy tearing up Nature’s garden.”

I guess I will just have to plant more flowers. And ‘I’d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum that smells like honey and peace.’ It will be a haven for beautiful butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.”

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Prosery today at d’Verse.  Sanaa asked us to write a story using this line, “I’d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum that smells like honey and peace.” from the poem, “What I would like to grow in my Garden” – by Kathrine Reigel. Our story must be only 144 words.

Join us at: https://dversepoets.com

56 thoughts on “Tearing Up Nature’s Garden

  1. Dwight, I always enjoy your George, Jim, and Old Blue stories. It’s the sad truth wherever one goes that nature is being bulldozed. You’re right we have to try to put things back in balance through our best efforts.

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  2. Here in New Zealand the Councils sometimes plant wildflowers alongside the motorways. When the flowers are in full bloom one cannot help but smile. Takes the stress of driving the motorways away. Your story certainly holds merit to what happens in the name of urban growth. You have expressed it so well.

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  3. Do you remember the Joni Mitchell song, “Big Yellow Taxi”
    Song by Counting Crows? I call it “Put up a parking lot.” It is about tearing up what Mom Nature has done.
    Your poem has the same message, she doesn’t have a dog in it though. I like them both, yours and Joni”s.
    “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
    With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swinging hot spot
    Don’t it always seem to go
    That you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone . . . ”

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    • I remember the paved paradise and put up a parking lot. That is exactly what is happening. Very sad to see as populations keep growing exponentially! Thank you very much for this comment. Jim.


  4. Like many small towns of NH, ours is no different, though there are many more outraged here by the clearcutting and building but the word on the street is if you own enough land to build upon, they cannot deny you at town level. Once plans for 100-200 home sub-divisions come to the planning board if frontage and perk tests are met its all speed ahead. No matter they have no water to service these homes sadly new owners never seem to ask about that.

    Yes, we must plant more trees and demand these new spaces do so as well as add ALL Native Species for the wildlife they pushed out.


  5. So often it is that nature pays a heavy price in return for new development. Your prose piece portrays beautifully the importance of nature! We must never stop planting. Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt, Dwight 💘💘

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  6. In the two and a half years we have lived here, wooded lots are steadily being cleared and new houses are being built. I wish some of the lots could be made into a park, a place for wildlife to live and people to visit. Your story has a familiar theme, Dwight. Very engaging and relatable! ❤

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