A lush paradise illuminated by beauty, the story of opening our inner-self to the corners of our memories. Poetic and exuberant, the doors opening the garden you have engraved in your imagination. Literature speaks…
Let yourself in:
When I had pushed the narrow garden-door,
Once more I stood within the green retreat;
Softly the morning sunshine lighted it,
And every flower a humid spangle wore./
Nothing is changed. I see it all once more:
The vine-clad arbor with its rustic seat. . . .
The waterjet still splashes silver sweet,
The ancient aspen rustles as of yore.
The roses throb as in a bygone day,
As they were wont, the tall proud lilies sway.
Each bird that lights and twitters is a friend.
I even found the Flora standing yet,
Whose plaster crumbles at the alley’s end,
—Slim, ’mid the foolish scent of mignonette.
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I went to the Garden of Love.
And saw what I never had seen:
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.
And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
And Thou shalt not, writ over the door;
So I turn’d to the Garden of Love,
That so many sweet flowers bore, (...)
The Garden Of Love
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Along the edge of the garden
Walk the little girls.
Their hats, round and yellow like cheeses,
Are dangling by the ribbons.
The grass is a tumult of buttercups and daisies;
Buttercups and daisies streaming away
Up the hill.
The garden is purple, and pink, and orange, and scarlet;
The garden is hot with colours.
But the meadow is only yellow, and white, and green,
Cool, and long, and quiet.
Amy Lowell, Garden Games
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Illustration by Yuri Ahn.
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