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THE GARDEN PARTY













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little ladies with blue hair
and flowered sunhats
smile, serving tea and crumpets
saying isn't this lovely?
yes quite lovely
lovely isn't it?
oh yes
quite
they may as well have birds
nesting on their heads
chickadees perhaps
parakeets or the bluebirds of happiness  
 
flowers line up like school children
ready to play
we love parties they say
a fireworks of flowers
explodes over the ocean
a fountain of flowers overflows
the stone wall
irises look down past my shoulder
with neither pride not pity
content with the moment
and their lot in life
 
a piper in the tower
I climb up to join him
sound wrapped in mist
like a muted fanfare
for the Fairy Queen
stone and green
rusting weathervane
no shadow on the sundial
in this garden or in Monet's
where color replaces development
"vague and intangible as the changing light of day"
and a raven stands sentinel 
 
a harper summons the spirit of O'Carolan
sound seeps into my soul
music floats above us like colored air balloons
or parachutes over a peaceful Normandy
abalone shells line the walk
on a pathway fit for the queen
fog lifts and the day is blistering with brilliance
glimmering in the sun
I talk to the trees
nice to meet you, I say
nice place you have
do the neighbors give you any trouble?
 
the seeds of surprise lie under the earth
ready to burst into song and poetry
this afternoon is to be continued
I know some day I will go to Scotland 
perhaps I will meet you there
on the path
saying isn't this lovely?
yes
quite