Treasure Island

Doyen Lingua

(1991 - still breathing / Oregon)

The Gardens of Japan, and Versailles

good form is quintessential of:
methodically performing repeatedly, repeatedly
raked sand into careful curls and subconscious currents.
the work given into breathing is
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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