Treasure Island

Doyen Lingua

(1991 - still breathing / Oregon)

The Gardens of Japan, and Versailles


good form is quintessential of:
method
methodically performing repeatedly, repeatedly
raked sand into careful curls and subconscious currents.
the work given into breathing is
immense:
every leaf and branch scrutinized for pruning
the product of centuries of ghosts, honor-bound.
the tower overhead, like cedar horns,
the beams rendered from an ancient navy.
the inward reflected:
forced stillness, and method;
form is everything.

gold and green:
geometrical shapes conquer the landscape;
asphyxiated by the gaudy girth
of sculpted musculature.
to think of Eden as Euclid would have
proved or approved:
already leveled earth into planar
flatland suggests of the higher dimensions.
a caravan of gardeners
strap it in
tie it down
primp it up.
into nature's victorian corset.
form is everything.

Submitted: Friday, August 08, 2014

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  • Daniel Brick (8/12/2014 7:26:00 AM)

    I love gardens in general but this close look at two quite divergent styles is brilliant. You hone in on a common
    which is FORM IS EVERYTHING and then show how differently the abstract principle is applied by gardeners'
    When I visited Versailles many years ago I felt somewhat alienated by the conspicuous consumption of resources in what is on the surface still aristocratic. But a local park LAKE COMO (my poem CROW SUMMONS is about Como) engaged a Japanese master to design a garden which is just wonderful. I have a poem on it, IN A JAPANESE GARDEN.






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