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In the Wizard's Garden

*Inspired by George Dunlop Leslie's painting of the same title

The wizard's slumbering garden 
spins magic with ivy thread.
The lure of this mystical web
snares the beauteous girl in red.

He christens this damsel "Scarlet"
for the hue of her crimson gown,
for the tint of her blooming cheeks
that contrast the ashen ground.

The garden robs her rubescence
to fuel the wizard's dark spells,
draining her beauty and vibrance 
until Scarlet becomes a mere shell. 

But to her, this yard rivals Eden,
teeming with flowers and fruit,
bursting with colour and light, 
from tallest tree to deepest root. 

But her vision is mere mirage
in a garden half-dying and grim,
in a graveyard of latent runes
that veil this labyrinth of sin.

Here in the wizard's garden,
warm breath and cold death collide.
In the guise of a noble pardon,
Scarlet becomes his blind bride.

For Isaiah's "George Dunlop Leslie" contest
Here is a link to the painting:

Copyright © Heather Ober

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  1. Date: 7/7/2013 1:13:00 PM
    interesting one must say! Congrats ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 12:15:00 PM
    Not only a great story and rhyme but the meter rocks!!

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 6:22:00 AM
    well written Heather ...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 12:24:00 AM
    Congratulations Heather , well done xx

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 10:43:00 AM
    You have a fantastic imagination. Your first stanza sets the tones a lures Us into this magical story you have woven from ivy threads. A definite winner.

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 6:54:00 AM
    Once again...your ability to paint as well as write bleeds through...Darn that's good...

  1. Date: 5/31/2013 1:34:00 PM
    I really enjoyed reading this poem you did a great job

  1. Date: 5/31/2013 8:01:00 AM
    Simply awesome, Heather. This write in itself is a work of art. I know you'll do well in the contest with this piece of genius. Licia :-)

  1. Date: 5/31/2013 7:32:00 AM
    wow Heather this is excellent love the imaginary Linda gl in contest

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 7:11:00 PM
    Very nice poem. Enjoyed the read.

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 3:25:00 PM
    wow, you made a deep poem out of this picture. Was it shown on the contest page?? Can't remember. If not, I think I too will want to explore other options that he may not have given us. I would wish you luck in the contest, but you should not need it!!

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 1:35:00 PM
    I have this urge to watch Willow now. Thanks! This was an excellently written piece. Great atmosphere!

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 12:25:00 PM
    Awesome poem, Heather! It reminds me that seasons DO change. Best wishes in the contest. hugs, Catie :)