The Luminescence of Longwood Gardens

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I am lucky enough to have grown up in a town very close to Longwood Gardens, on the East Coast of the United States.  It’s a magnificent place created about a hundred years ago by the wealthy manufacturer Pierre DuPont.

I wrote this poem about it ten years or so ago:

Hymn to Longwood Gardens

 

How is it that I was born five miles from you,

born to walk your three hundred acres for twelve years?

 

Now, thirty years later,

In the satiny iced lawns of February,

I dream of your sumptuous beds

of lavender

luminous in the summer twilight,

your solitary fountain

stumbled upon in the deep shade,

of thrush revealing her speckled breast in the mulch

behind the Italian water gardens.

 

I dream of my first love

plucking my hand into his,

a young, thin, fine, freckled hand,

the first holding of hands

as we entered the garden

for a fountain display

on a starlit July evening.

 

In those days, you were free.

Now, you have flourished,

and your entrance fee is costly.

 Fountains longwood gardens

 

 

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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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