Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Hope and the places That Heal You”
(Imagined by Sherry Blue Sky)
For your challenge, write a poem about the landscape you love, the places that heal you, the ones you call you home. Where do you go to replenish your stores of hope? What does the land sing to you while you are there?
“I will arise and go now
and go to Innisfree”
~W.B. Yeats, “The Lake at Innisfree” (1888)
Old woman holds paintbrush
at entranceway to Innisfree,
a dreamy landscaped garden
imagined by Architect Collins
who cherished nature and preservation.
Lush Asian gardens blend, lending
grace to wild grasses, streams,
and trees that beckon in shapes
to enfold you. Scattered rock
formations provide a place
to rest, and contemplate
this gift. We stroll through
fields that yield lemon-drop
wildflowers. Land lowers
into meadow. My friend says,
‘Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a meadow?’
I will rise and return to Innisfree,
and how I’d love you to share it with me.