Years ago I wrote a poem called "The Emotional Garden." I typed it into Google and was shocked to see many people have stolen it and have it in published books without my permission. It pisses me off but what can I do? It was never copyrighted. I just don't understand how people can feel good about themselves knowing the work they are taking credit for is not theirs! I have other stuff stolen as well from when my website was up and running. I would probably have given people permission to use my writings if they would have asked! I just want credit!
Here is the poem I wrote:
The emotional garden grows many weeds
that strangles our hopes and smothers our needs.
We must pull the weeds in order to grow
working with caution, pulling them slow.
The garden, again, will flourish and thrive
by what we have done to help it survive.