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My garden work was once pure joy when shared with my girl and boy. The toil was slight. Now that I do the job alone it truly tires me to the bone, an old age plight.
By: Joyce Johnson For Dr. Mehta's "Tail Rhyme" Contest

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  1. Date: 8/8/2011 4:34:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in Dr. Ram Mehta's "Tail-Rhyme" contest Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/7/2011 5:42:00 PM
    congratulations on your win! I sympathize but hope you can find the joy again :)

  1. Date: 8/7/2011 11:03:00 AM
    Quick congrats before I get logged out again!

  1. Date: 8/7/2011 6:43:00 AM
    great offering, joyce..a joy to read with matching congrats on your glowing win! :) huggs

  1. Date: 8/7/2011 1:14:00 AM
    Congratulations Joyce on your win...enjoyed your poem.

  1. Date: 8/6/2011 9:34:00 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS~~~~~smile for the 6th place win~~~~~really terrific write~~~~*-*junjun

  1. Date: 8/6/2011 4:08:00 AM
    comments hey, well did cousin, you need a whip n a slave there hehehe

  1. Date: 8/5/2011 9:27:00 PM
    :-) Sweet one. Congrats on your win. Cheers to you, Joyce. A smile :-) from Cyndi

  1. Date: 8/5/2011 9:11:00 PM
    Love it the second time as much as the first. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 8/5/2011 6:59:00 PM
    Congrats Joyce on another exciting win in this new form contest.. expressive piece luv..

  1. Date: 8/5/2011 5:11:00 PM
    Congratulations on the win in my contest, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 4:05:00 PM
    Oh my, I'm putting this in mine favz dear poet ! This is awewsome ! I know so much the garden blues, *smiles* Though a wonderful blessing from Jehovah, it can become the toiling hobby ! I'll have to post some photos of my garden on face book. Great write Joyce ! I can't wait untill Noah reads this, he is eight and helps in the garden every year. Have a wonderful week my friend...much love, james

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 12:52:00 AM
    oh, my, yes, I am with you on this one. VERY good, I hope it scores high.

  1. Date: 8/1/2011 10:25:00 PM
    I think this is wonderful, best of luck in the contest, I used to help my mother in her garden, she taught me everything I know of flowers and in response to your comment, Joyce, yes I was a happy little girl, that is why my memories are so precious to me ~~

  1. Date: 8/1/2011 9:33:00 PM
    Thanks for the entry, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/1/2011 4:02:00 PM
    That's why I had to sell my home in Tallahassee. Spent many hours gardening and even sawing down trees, cutting them up for firewood. It got to the point where I just couldn't keep up with all of it. Very touching entry for Dr. Ram's contest. He'll love this one! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/1/2011 2:36:00 PM
    I really enjoyed this and can relate to it.. Kids they grow up and are so busy with there own lives .. Very nice write

  1. Date: 8/1/2011 2:07:00 PM
    wonderful entry for the contest ( your centering did not work as you used ( instead of< )