Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Gardens  (posted by Susan)
“How does your garden grow?” ~ is a line from a nursery rhyme, and it is today’s challenge. Your garden can be vegetables or flowers or herbs or mythic or futuristic or a memory. It can be quite famous or one only you know.


I prefer they not
be just a myth,
those Hanging Gardens
of Babylon, which
are said to be
one of the Seven
Wonders, captivating
to see.  Described
as high terraces of stone
bursting with vivid flowers,
and varieties of tall trees.
Some historians note upward
slope of terraces, like
ancient theatre, built
on pillars lined with reeds,
and brick. I see the beauty
in my mind’s eye, so for me
they exist whether real
or myth.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Hanging Gardens of Babylon

  1. I love that some modern buildings are now being built with roof gardens, as well as green growth along the walls and ledges. A cool idea for city dwellers who need all the green they can get.


  2. Truedessa says:

    I imagine the hanging gardens to be beautiful.


  3. Sumana Roy says:

    This is a beautiful take on the prompt. Love this touch of history.


  4. oldegg says:

    Curiously it took some time for modern mankind to put trees and parks in their cities have discounted the wisdom of Babylon long ago. Luckily we can enjoy ours now after the filth of the Industrial Revolution. Excellent post.


  5. thotpurge says:

    Just knowing it existed makes history so magical that we can feel the connection to the past…


  6. susanstoo says:

    Garden as theater, made for people to contemplate. You encourage us to imagine it in mythic proportions as we each tend to our little bit. Love that!


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