A ZEN GARDEN
Seeking relaxation? Then you
Need to find the perfect venue.
You will find the Japanese
Have the needed expertese.
Brushed sand evokes a peaceful mood
Where no bitter thoughts intrude.
Think of a garden; think of Zen
Far away from the noise of men.
Choose an area shaded, flat
Rather like an enormous mat;
Choose the very finest sand,
(Tell the merchant what is planned.)
Then take brushes, long and short
(Special brushes can be bought.)
Now to use imagination
Sweep and swirl a configuration.
Add some rocks at strategic places
Grouped or parted by several paces.
Of course, true Zen is complicated;
More spiritual than I have stated,
But you can fashion your own design,
Not like the Japanese (or mine).
Make sure a bench is placed just so
For you to sit and enjoy the show.
But be aware that the cat next door
May scuffle it up!
Then it's 'Zen' no more!
A true Zen Garden
If you were a disabled child
Wouldn't it drive you nearly wild
To see the able-bodied swinging,
Climbing. clambering, clutching, clinging?
Wouldn't you say 'Let's stay indoors.
It wont be fun at the park because
I'll just be stuck in this old chair
And none of the children seem to care.
I'll hear them laughing, hear them shouting,
And I know I'm bound to hate the outing
Because of the things that they can do,
And I know my dreams cannot come true.
I want to float, I want to fly!
I want to spring up to the sky!
I want to feel the air go swish!
I wish. I wish. I wish. I wish........'
This swing is not a work of art;
It's a clunky thing and not too smart.
But push a wheel-chair on to it
And see how safely it will fit.
Start to push and you will see
A magical look of ecstasy,
As a child, immobile as a rule,
Starts to laugh and play the fool!
Starts to crow with pure delight!
Starts to beg for greater height!
Starts to shout 'I'm flying! Flying!
I can move yet I'm not trying!'
And, like other girls and boys,
Squeals with a truly rapturous noise!
Swing High, Sweet Chariot! How it brings
The greatest gift! The gift of wings!
I really like how you took Willow's photo and went with the zen approach. Nicely written!
Wonderful take- fashioning a Zen Garden - lovely piece of poetry...blessings...bkm
Cats are zen enough on their own: they don't need anyone messing with their sand box.
beautifully written places...nice magpie!
Waht a lovely Magpie.
Brenda! Those last three lines... what can I say? Turning a Zen garden into a sand box!
What a delightful little rhyme. Perfectly balanced, not forced in any way, strangely comforting - just like one of those Zen gardens.
I loved the poem...is it bad though that when I got to the end I could only think of the cats using it as a litter box? Gross childhood memories from my sand box...lol Someone always ruined my Zen Garden.
I love your take on the Magpie! Fantastic ending.
Darn cats make
their own take
on a piece of sublime
functional space in time
This is great! And how clever.... a zen garden. (and those darn cats!! Made me chuckle in recognition.)
Such a nice twist on the photo! Well done.
Fantastic!! I love it!
Wonderful poem! I applaud your poetic skill.
A Zen Garden, great idea!
Great association! I love those rock gardens. My garden is not so elegant, but the neighbor cats scratch up my onion patch.
I thought the pattern in the pottery looked like a zen garden too
but I went somewhere else
I loved all your ryhming couplets
and worth it
And I loved the other poem about the swing..you had me getting mad at first...because I know what a joy these swings are...but then you got me....so happy..yes swing free
Dear RR: Love the peace in the "Zen Garden" poem. A wonderful vacation from our usual mind-set. Also absolutely loved the dream fufillment found in the "Sweet Chariot" poem. We can make this happen! Very positive, light and bright! Excellent poems! Thank-you!
Loved your Zen garden; great take on the Magpie. I always wanted a garden like that. Brushing the sand seems so soothing...
The swing poem made me tear up. So beautifully written and so much wisdom in it.
nice. my dad once made me a zen garden i used to keep on my desk...kinda glad the cat never caught on. smiles.
up in a swing, up in a swing so high - a wonderful experience. These are both special poems!
But it's also zen to erase it..don't be mad at kitty! Zen/ let go!
But it's also zen to erase it..let kitty be..zen/ let go!
I like your Zen take. It's a good Maggie.
Nice! Zen gardens bring such serenity.
Great job with the magpie, i really loved the zen garden take, the tile below the toothbrush really does look like brushed sand! My grandpa was a master at Japanese style gardening, so I totally know how beautiful zen gardens can be.
Now that's a use for the toothbrush I hadn't thought of! Wonderful!
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