Tuesday, June 23, 2015


                                                   INNISFREE GARDEN   

We went back to Innisfree today. One hundred fifty acres surrounding a lake, sectioned into "cup gardens". We begin on the path which circles the lake, but frequently meander up soft grassy slopes or stone steps, pausing at each vignette. We step over trickling water or cross on a narrow wooden bridge, get sprayed by mist from a water spout, listen to the gurgle as water splays down rocks and into a basin.

Butterflies, bumblebees, dragon flies, humming birds seek out the nectar on Joe Pye weed, black eyed Susans, goldenrod, and other flowers secreted in between rocks. Tall grasses bend, swishing lightly, along the lake. Rock plinths and mounds create shadows and shape my imagination. Lotus and water lilies color one end of the lake.

                                                small ripples
                                                from a dragonfly
                                                a pause to rest

                                                air bubbles
                                                breaking through the lake's surface
                                                all that lies hidden

A heron poised on a lily pad maintains its position long after I take its picture. Ferns fill the bogs.  We cross a bridge spanning a channel in the lake and continue on the path, now bulging with tree roots.

                                                uphill walk
                                                the rough path eases
                                                into the promised view

                                                sultry heat
                                                cooling reflections
                                                in the lake

World Haiku Review, June 2015 


Gillena Cox said...

i can easily walk with you, through this haibun, the sounds, the colours, the delight, so vividly shared

much love...

Adelaide said...

Thanks, Gillena. Wouldn't it be fun if we could walk it together?


Bill said...

Thanks for taking me along.

Adelaide said...

You're welcome. Thanks for visiting.


janetld said...

And me too. I enjoyed the walk!

Adelaide said...

Thanks,Janet. It a great place to visit spring, summer and fall. I wish it were open in the winter. It must be beautiful with the snow, but the road into the garden is not plowed and no one is allowed to walk in. Insurance regulations, I suppose.