Let's enjoy a May visual walk through a few of the world's gardens.
Pandemic Series 12 - May, 2021
Mission: To provide poetical and thoughtful comments on life
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Enjoy a break at Kingwood Center, Mansfield, Ohio
Opening Comments from Bob
This Issue: Pictorially, the focus is on pictures I have taken over recent decades of favorite gardens, some famous and others less well-known. Frankly, the poems, The Pond and Solitude, are two I really like and the messages inherent in them. The vignette speaks to healing and change.
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Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Two Poems this Month
Walking the trail,
the familiar pond
in its stillness appears.
A sight pondered hundreds of times.
Green lily pads
float among the moss
where mini creatures
explore their chosen home.
A lone frog
enjoys the never-ending feast.
The heron takes to the air,
and peace ceases.
the lesson remains.
Meandering the mountain glades
high above the endless cacophony
becomes a passage
to a fabled place.
The sounds of the chickadees and finches
the occasional rat-ta-tat-tat
of nature’s carpenters
comfort the ears.
Far off, a fox
slinks behind boulders
angered by human intrusion.
Yet, two deer gaze
merely yards away.
Fragrances of lilies
soothes the mind.
again bestows her
seldom appreciated gifts.
from the insanity
My Walden Pond in the poem
Walk at close to 8,000 feet
Even a big higher at 8,300 feet
Devonport, New Zealand: Though technically not a garden, in a sense this entire resort community is a floral showplace.
Vignette this Month: Recovery is good.
An obvious statement. Surprisingly, having lived with serious pain for fifteen years takes adjustment to having it gone. Certainly, a challenge I am up for. However, the most difficult one has been dealing with the aftereffects due to the elimination of the mind altering drugs that were originally prescribed to help control the pain. Now that I have weaned off of them, I realize their impact was what created much of my personality for the last decade and a half. As one drug lost its effectiveness and a new one was assigned, each modified and impacted my thought processes. At the time and in most cases, I was oblivious to their effects. What I thought and imagined became my realities. Little did I realize that many were chemically and artificially induced. As I adjust to this new phase in life, I am relearning who I am. At 77, that is quite fascinating.
Schnormeier Gardens, Gambier, Ohio: Ranked as one of the top Asian gardens in the world.
Below: A winter scene at Schnormeiers'
Vienna Rose Garden
Melk Abbey, Austria: English stylized gardens
Take time to savor the beauty that surrounds you.
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Gardens at the Salzburg city government building
Thanksgiving Point - Tulip Festival
Thanksgiving Point - Tulip Festival
"For me, the writing life doesn't just happen when I sit at the writing desk. It is a life lived with a centering principle, and mine is this: that I will pay close attention to this world I find myself in . . . "My heart keeps open house," was the way the poet Theodore Roethke put it in a poem ..." - Julia Alvarez
"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true." - Soren Kierkegaard
"Whether you're in the fields or working in the city, take these words of mine and reflect on them. Ask yourself, "Why was I born? What can I take with me?" Ask yourselves over and over. If you do, you'll become wise." - Ajahn Chah
Above and below: Portland Rose Garden
A Bit of Humor
A bit of laughter is healthy for the soul
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