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Meditation: a Poem

Updated on March 1, 2018
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A lifelong reader & writer, Liz writes poetry; articles on this, & other sites; & playing with words. She also enjoys movies & reviewing.

A small portion of my meditation garden is re-created in my yard
A small 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 red-fern grows.


Sitting down upon a stump,

I hear a cheeful birdie song,

and light of heart, I rise to leave,

my soul refreshed; my spirit lifted.


I come here once most every day and see

a thousand sights--unchanging;

ever-changing.


No trespass can despoil this spot,

no dangers does it know.


You see, the gate is locked:

my mind, the only key.

About This Poem

Originally written back in January of 1990, if I recall correctly, it was inspired by the wish to escape a gloomy, rainy day. But even at that, it was one of my 'born whole' poems that I refer to as gifts from my muse.

They come to me all at once; nearly fully written; myself and my pen, only the scribe to jot them down. I made a revision in April of 1993, and another tweak in May of 2010. The latest, and I believe last, small change was done in February of 2018.

I hope you have enjoyed this trip into my private 'happy place.'

© 2010 Liz Elias

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    Liz Elias 

    5 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 

    5 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 

    8 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 

    8 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. 

    8 years ago

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

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    Wayne Brown 

    8 years ago from Texas

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

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    SwanofWar 

    8 years ago from In My Imagination

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

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    alternate poet 

    8 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.

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