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Meditation: a Poem

Updated on December 15, 2013
A portion of my meditation garden is re-created in my yard
A portion of my meditation garden is re-created in my yard | Source

My Secret Garden

 'Tis but a short walk right through here....

          a few steps down the flagstone path,

                    I walk where willows sway.

Around the brush, I climb a hill,

          and gather cones from under pines.

Over yon a brooklet falls

          keeping carefree time to the music that it plays.

Below the fall, a fawn has stopped

          to sip the crystal drops.

Deeper still, this garden goes

          to a place where the redfern grows.

Sitting down upon a stump,

          I hear a cheery song,

                    as light of heart,  I rise to leave.

I come here once most every day and see

          a thousand sights--unchanging; everchanging.

No trespass can despoil this spot,

          no dangers does it know.

You see, the gate is locked:

          my mind,

                    the only key.


© 1-1990  (rev) 4-15-93 C. Elizabeth Carl

© (rev) 5-6-10 C. Elizabeth (Carl) Elias




© 2010 Liz Elias


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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, DreamerMeg,

    Thank you so much for your praise of this poem. It's always been one of my favorites. I'm delighted you enjoyed it so.

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    DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

    Love this! Beautiful poem. Uses "old" language but it really draws a picture in your mind and I ended up being glad that this garden could never be despoiled.

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    Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @alternate poet--nothing archaic here; you may be confusing fawns (baby deer) with fauns (ancient Roman mythological goat-man rural dieties). ;-)

    @SwanofWar--interesting--I have never read that book. Glad you liked my poem.

    @Wayne Brown--Thank you so much!

    @Christine B. Thanks, Christine! ;-)

    @yellowstar2000--Thank you so much! I am glad my word pictures were meaningful to you.

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    Candice Collins 7 years ago from WestCoast Florida

    I really loved this. You are a gifted poet to be sure, and thank you for sharing your secret garden with us, it brought to mind my own tropical hideaway.

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    Christine B. 7 years ago

    Very Nice, Lizzy. I like this one a lot.

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    Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

    A beautiful and vivid description of a 'mind place'. Thank you for sharing! WB

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    SwanofWar 7 years ago from In My Imagination

    I remember reading the book The Secret Garden. I loved that book.

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    alternate poet 7 years ago

    this is very nice! I normally don't like bringing in archaic speech and fawns and the like - but you seem to fit them all into your garden with simple ease, congrats on a nice poem.