To my comment box (and the people who use it)
Your presence rains on my isolation.
Your encouragement stimulates growth.
Your dissent rakes through hard-baked thinking.
Your creativity fertilizes understanding.
Your logic stakes rambling intuition.
Your new paradigm hybrids my viewpoint.
Though I must fence you against the weeds of spam
and prune vulgarity, meanness
with word verification and moderation
I would never root you out
for the sunshine of your humour
the nurture of your kindness, wisdom and wit
yield a harvest of friendship and community.
© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly
This poem is submitted in response to “Writing Poems in Your Own Back Yard” – a challenge by Marcus Goodyear on Books and Culture – a Christian Review to:
“Write a poem about cultivation. When I talk about cultivation, I mean agriculture but also creativity and culture itself. I am talking about the little place in your world where you have been given a small plot to grow new things and add to the beauty of God’s world.”