NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 13 – “Going To Seed” by David Ellis

Hey there everyone.

So, over at HQ, the challenge for Day 13 was to write a poem based around an upended phrase/saying/idiom. This could be an alternative meaning or opposite to the phrase that you have selected.

Now, anyone who knows me well enough will be aware that I go crazy for cute animals.

My very good friend and poet Veronica Hosking has therefore kindly helped me, by providing me with inspiration for this particular entry of the NaPoWriMo extravaganza.

You can read Veronica’s Day 13 entry over at her blog here (and don’t forget to follow her blog too 😉 )

Hosking’s Blog – Into one’s life a little poetry must fall – #NaPoWriMo 2018 Day Thirteen

For my poem (and thanks to Veronica’s help), I decided to play with the phrase “Tiptoe through the tulips” and if you want to see the cuteness to do with that idiom then check out this link:-

Photographer Tiptoes Through The Tulips To Shoot Harvest Mice, And The Result Will Make Your Day

Right, let’s get down to the poem itself right now before you all tiptoe away and I have to release the hounds to chase you all back again, let’s do this thing!



Photo by Hans from Pixabay

“Going To Seed” by David Ellis

Trampled all over your bushes

Smushed all of your petunias

Squished all of your begonias

But it was all in the name of love


Massacred all of your gladiolus

Flattened all of your peace lilies (in pieces now), lilacs and lotuses

Mangled all of your orchids, even the hanging ones

(my arms got all tangled up fending them off)


Pulverised all of your chrysanthemums

Pummeled all of your powder puffs, until there was nothing left but fluff

Untangled all of your curly willows

(That was no accident, I was bored of waiting for you to come out)


Macerated all of your magnolias

Scrunched all of your zephyranthes

Minced to bits all of your…I’m sorry, I cannot even pronounce that, since I also broke the name tag, sorry my bad


I wish I had the grace and chops of a tutu sporting ballerina

Or a professional stealthy ninja, who’s smoother than greasy butter

But I have two left feet when it comes to navigating garden paths


Tried to serenade you from the bottom of your windowsill

Miles from the crime scene of your garden

Then I realised the whole time that I was at the wrong house

The police were quite understanding

And only sent me down for a couple of months or thereabouts

Plenty of time to write another song for you, my green-fingered beauty

I bought you a plant too but forgot to water it

You’ll have to wait a little longer for your song though, my dear

Because I’ve been sent down for another few months for neglect


Still want more? How about some other Day 13 entries from other fantastic fellow poets? Do I even need to ask, of course you want to read their sweet poetic goodness until your cup runneth over..eth. Yes. OK then. Check out the links below and go nuts.

1. lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown – A Watched Pot: NaPoWriMo 2018, Friday the 13th.
2. grapeling – it could be that – the unblinking moon / 12
3. Scrambled, Not Fried – Since She’s Been Gone
5. Jane Dougherty Writes – Deep water
6. ORDINARY AVERAGE THOUGHTS – National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 13 – Ways to escape fate using industrial-grade intangibles
7. Unassorted stories – Born out
8. Ileea (Swedish but Google Translate is your friend) – Aprillyrik dag 13 – Svartjord
9. 1st Non-Manuscript – Charlene Delfin’s second blog – Day 13: Middle
10. WHAT LIFE SAID TO ME – NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 13- Enough!No More.
11. RIVRVLOGR – mountain fog parting
12. MY FEELINGS MY FREEDOM – NaPoWriMo Day 13: How Do I Zip My Lips
13. method two madness – At Sixes and Sevens
14. barbaraturneywielandpoetess – where Mary had a little Slam
15. What Rhymes with Stanza? – Mishmash
16. RIVRVLOGR – wake the hounds of war
17. Raven Redux – Fly
18. Playing with words – For what it’s worth
19. Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings – Counting Chickens, NaPoWriMo, Day 13
20. Flutterby’s NaPoWriMo – 2018 DAY 13(A) – NYX
21. Flutterby’s NaPoWriMo – 2018 DAY 13(B) – BITS AND BOBS
22. ORIENTATION::QUILTER – Day Thirteen, NaPoWriMo
23. The Great Unknown – NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 13: Watched Pots And Rattle-Bones
24. erbiage – Sayings
26. palimpsestic possibilities – formalities
27. The Great Unknown – NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 13A: Daedalus, Falling From Grace
28. Poetic Pixels – Hit the Nail on the Head
30. Woody & Johnny – Stone Rolling: Truths
31. Experience Writing – L is for Lapidescent and Lamott
33. My Author-itis – True Value
34. inktuition – NaPoWriMo 2018 day 13: never ever
35. Voyage des mots – Wear, My Heart on My Sleeve
36. Frank J. Tassone – HAIKAI POETRY MATTERS – A Haikai Ars Poetica
37. ARHtistic License – Getting your ducks…
38. Poetry by Hasen – Missing Thoughts and Words
39. LILLIAN THE HOME POET – With Apologies to Mark Twain
40. KATIE STATEN – NaPoWriMo #13 – Undone
41. Summer Blues – A Poetry Blog – If It Wasn’t for the Wind
42. Tidbits by Shannon – a cliché-a-day is how to pay the piper
43. JIM’S LITTLE PHOTO AND POEM PLACE – NaPoWriMo 2018-13 — Day 13, a Poem with more figures of speech – Books never written
44. kavyastream – Up the Fox Portal
45. Ladyleemanila – L is for LaCharta
46. Orangepeel – Poetry and Miscellany by Bruce Niedt – PAD Day 13: A Plea from the Lowly Worm – Early Worms
47. words in your eyes – NaPoWriMo 12
48. HEPHAESTUS’ WASTE & COSMIC RUBBLE – Day 13 – Tastes like Stardust
49. Purple Mountain Poetry – DAY 13: CELESTIAL SALVO
50. Rhyme and Reason – Poetry Meets Film Reviews – The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
51. S.T. Marie – NaPoWriMo – Poem #13
52. clayandbranches – NaPoWriMo, Day 13: What About Cats?
53. Author Emily Ramser – the watcher of my body


9 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 13 – “Going To Seed” by David Ellis

    • TY very much Maria, it was a lot of fun to write 🙂 I was struggling initially to think of a concept but it kind of all clicked for me when after I thought about subverting tiptoe for trampling through the tulips instead, I thought it would be fun to write a character that is messing up a completely innocent and beautiful garden out of his desperation to get his true love’s attention (and because he is clumsy as hell). I liked how I got to combine themes of humour and the horror of him going on a rampage through the garden not out of spite, just being a misguided, clumsy buffoon! I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my poem, plus am glad you enjoyed it too 🙂

    • Lol That’s excellent Jane and would have been another good way to resolve why there was so much destruction of beauty going on but not particularly out of spite, just clumsiness. I kind of liked the layering of the horror of so many innocent, beautiful plants being squished in various ways and yet the person still believes they had good intentions (or the means justified the ends) despite destroying an entire garden just to get the attention of someone’s affections 🙂 Thank you again for reading and commenting, I really do appreciate it.

  1. This was a fun read. Sadly, I see much of myself in this poem. In the trampled wake of all those good intentions…

    • Lol TY for reading Barry 🙂 I think a lot of us can see ourselves in the shoes of the clumsy protagonist, there are times when our good intentions could involve us trampling over other things and on people’s toes no matter how careful we are. I revelled in the absurdity of the situation too, which made this such a fun write, especially the consequences at the end. If your heart in in the right place then I’m sure it will all work out fine in the end 🙂

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