If last week’s prompt was all about memories, this second writing prompt is all about looking forward in time.
Imagine it’s some point in the future – five years, ten years, twenty years hence. Now picture yourself in the garden. What do you think that future you think about what you are doing right now? What will the plants be doing? What will be coming into its best?
And how would you like to be thanked for your present hard work?
It’s a strange thought, but one beautifully given life by James Lasdun in his poem, Blueberries.
I’m talking to you old man.Listen to me as you step inside this gardento fill a breakfast bowl with blueberriesripened on the bushes I’m planting now,twenty years back from where you’re standing.
You can read the whole poem here, and then write one for yourself. If you like begin with that phrase … ‘I’m talking to you..’
Another suggestion might be to write back to yourself from that future you. What would they think of what you have done in the garden? What might they even wish you had done?
You probably know Audrey Hepburn’s quote, ‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow,’ but another I love is from Rumer Godden who said, “A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy.”
What are you planting or building in your garden for future joy? Rather than a list, this poem or letter exercise lets you time travel to capture that moment and have your reward now as well as later!
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