Friday, December 15, 2017


                                       FERN GLEN 

We park in the nature preserve near a path that leads downward. On our left is a pond edged with water lilies and lotus blossoms. Along the outer edge grow reeds and bulrushes.  A familiar sound causes us to turn towards it.

                               an ancient poem–
                               a pond, a frog, a splash
                               widening ripples
                               continue through the ages
                               a beginning with no end

A rustle in the reeds attracts our attention again. This time, it’s a painted turtle with a shell about six inches long, moving slowly toward the pond. After watching it quietly slide into the water, we begin our descent. The dirt path is rutted and peppered with loose stones.

                                 slow and steady
                                 helping each other
                                 to keep our balance;
                                 through long years of marriage
                                 there is still a garden

Low growing plants fill in the spaces between mature trees, the green enlivened by occasional clusters of small pink or white blossoms.  At the end of our descent is a thick growth of ferns in various sizes and species, from a single shoot of only a few inches to others two and three feet high and just as wide across.   

We’re the only ones here, but others have come before us. 

                                  a hidden Eden
                                  the songs of a coursing spring
                                  the chirring of birds
                                  a bench for the weary
                                  a place for body and soul

Haibun Today
Tanka Prose,
Dec. 2017


Magyar said...

__ A grand feeling here Adelaide_!

"through long years of marriage
there is still a garden"

"We're the only ones here, but others have come before us."

We follow; Kathy and I walk this garden every day, as we sense its growth. _m

Adelaide said...

thank you. Magyar. we have been together 57 years and still counting


Magyar said...

__ Adelaide, my best wishes to you and your family and all, during and beyond this Holiday season_! _m

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