If you have a garden and a library,
You have everything you need.
— Cicero —
I slipped into the garden almost before ’twas light,
As the lazy sun arose I glimpsed a charming sight…
— Mary C. Shaw (At Dawn) —
I couldn’t do without a pansy bed.
— Helen Bath Swanson (Reverie) —
Yellow ones, brown ones,
bronze and midnight blue,
Silver stippled, gold edged,
in rainbow rendezvous.
— Theodosia E. Fenner (Garden Overtones) —
Yet suddenly the blue revives, it seems,
and in among these clusters one discovers
a tender blue rejoicing in the green.
— Rainer Maria Rilke (Blaue Hortensie) —
— Translation by Bernhard Frank —
For life’s at its best in the morning,
As you pass through the garden gate.
— Howard Dolf —