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Originally published: 19th January 2021

rewritten with edits and new title March 2022

Image by Susann Mielke from Pixabay

This poem was placed 1st = in BJ Legros Kelley's "Garden Inspirations' Poetry Contest.


 

a bench with ornate arms and scrolling bathed in shards of early light inside four walls of climbing roses grown entwined and trained to height. within the silence of mid morning perfumed heat that melts the hours attracts the bees that prey and worship on life's purple passion flowers. the symmetry of formal hedging leads the eye in one straight line to where a sundial in the heat haze casts its shadow marking time. the joy and beauty of hibiscus flowering bright where no one goes down secret paths in secret corners where the scented jasmine grows.

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Date: 4/26/2022 12:33:00 PM
Hi Gary! Another beautiful poem. "Perfumed heat that melts the hours..." so lovely. Congratulations on your win!
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/27/2022 12:49:00 AM
Thank you Ann. I feel that line, in particular, captures the essence of a walled garden in the height of the summer heat. Glad you like it. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/23/2022 7:14:00 AM
Congrats Gary--I especially liked the bit of mystery in the final stanza...
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/23/2022 7:41:00 AM
Thank you L J. for your valued comment. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/21/2022 4:47:00 PM
Gary, your descriptive imagery talents stand out here in this piece. I especially liked the first stanza and the trained reference in its last line. I look forward to reading more of your works. Your creativity is admirable. Thanks for your time and commentary.
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/22/2022 11:57:00 AM
Thanks Greg. Much appreciated. The four walls with the trained climbing roses is a (somewhat obscure) metaphor of mine for the structures, formalities, rules and regulations that surround us in life's garden and their influence on our decisions in life. Do we stay safe and enjoy what life offers us in our comfort zone but miss out on discovering what lies down life's hidden pathways or do we get up from that bench and go searching for something more before time catches up? :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/21/2022 10:01:00 AM
Gary, congratulations on your win! What a wonderful scene of quiet beauty you set! It is a joy to sit with you and inhale all of the loveliness! All the best! Cheers! I do love your reflections on city squares, outdoor cafes, garden benches and seaside hideaways - just name a few!
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/21/2022 10:12:00 AM
Thanks so much for that Sam! I love writing about all those things and Poetry Soup has given me that opportunity to share what I like with others. I wanted to paint a picture of a garden in a way that allows the reader to explore it further. There is an obscure deeper meaning to this poem as well: Sometimes we are very happy just to sit and remain in our comfort zones (benches) yet there are many hidden pathways in life's garden - despite its formalities and regulations - that are there just waiting to be explored before time catches up with us. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/21/2022 7:40:00 AM
Very beautiful poem, Gary. Congratulations on your win!
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/21/2022 9:21:00 AM
Thanks Ann. What with everything going on in the world right now I'd just love to be sitting on that bench. :) Gardens are an escape, a place of relaxation, a means of therapy and a work of art in themselves. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/20/2022 7:18:00 PM
"the joy and beauty of hibiscus flowering bright where no one goes" - Beautiful picture. Congratulations!
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/21/2022 3:21:00 AM
Thank you Christuraj. I always try to paint pictures with my words so your comment means a lot. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/20/2022 5:48:00 PM
Gary, thank you for your submission and congratulations on your first-place win in the Garden Inspirations Poetry Contest! I have jasmine blooming in my garden now :) This was so peaceful. ~BJ
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/21/2022 3:20:00 AM
Hi BJ Thank you once again for sponsoring another great contest. I'll be reading all the winning entries later today. Cheers - Gary
Date: 2/2/2021 8:10:00 AM
What a lovely, desirable bench to sit in, Gary! I would love to sit there and enjoy the beauty of it..great poem! :)
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/2/2021 8:21:00 AM
Hi Laura - thanks so much for stopping by and reading.
Date: 2/2/2021 6:31:00 AM
That’s lovely Gary, I can picture the rose walled garden, see myself on the ornate bench and enjoying the intoxicating jasmine scent... Belle
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/2/2021 7:05:00 AM
It's so nice to escape somewhere peaceful isn't it? Somewhere away from the hassles of modern day living. Cheers Belle - Gary.
Date: 1/27/2021 8:27:00 AM
Beautiful time out series. Nice details. Sounds like a lovely place to be.
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/27/2021 8:50:00 AM
Thank you Juliet. I appreciate your comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/23/2021 12:53:00 PM
I like this hidden garden. Congrats on your winner. Sara
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/23/2021 2:35:00 PM
Thank you Sara for your lovely comments.
Date: 1/20/2021 6:41:00 AM
I find delight in your use of rhyme, rhythm and imagery, with a simplicity that belies the skill of the writing. Well done, Gary.
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/20/2021 7:02:00 AM
Thank you for that fantastic compliment Geoffrey, particularly as its from a poet of your great standing. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/19/2021 2:34:00 PM
...nice...wright on....an oldt park bench was my rest stop when cycling......stan sand
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/19/2021 2:56:00 PM
Thank you Stan. There's something about a park or garden bench that inspires me to write. I appreciate your visit and read. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/19/2021 11:34:00 AM
Hello Gary a beautiful scene with your words. Flowers of any types are beautiful. although we all have our favourites. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 1/19/2021 3:10:00 PM
Hello Gary, you are so welcome. Cheers Darlene.
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/19/2021 11:40:00 AM
Darlene, thank you for your lovely words and thank you so much for your visit. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/19/2021 10:08:00 AM
Gary, you have created a hidden garden of beauty with your lovely words of imagery. There is such a strong sense of the perfume of flowers in your garden. Thank you for inviting us to sit with you in this secret, magical hideaway. Well done my friend. All the best.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 1/19/2021 1:01:00 PM
Gary, I am so honored! Can't wait to visit more of your garden! Sending positive vibes and best wishes my friend!
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/19/2021 11:46:00 AM
Thank you Sam. It was really your comments about another poem of mine that influenced this one with your words "an invitation to explore" I plan to revisit this walled garden in future poems and explore other parts of it and hopefully bring readers along..not sure exactly how yet but I will. Thank you - Gary
Date: 1/19/2021 6:08:00 AM
Amazing ! A lovely poem well penned.
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/19/2021 6:11:00 AM
Thank you Akham - I really appreciate your comments.