poet Mark Strand

Mark Strand

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The Garden

It shines in the garden,
in the white foliage of the chestnut tree,
in the brim of my father's hat
as he walks on the gravel.

In the garden suspended in time
my mother sits in a redwood chair:
light fills the sky,
the folds of her dress,
the roses tangled beside her.

And when my father bends
to whisper in her ear,
when they rise to leave
and the swallows dart
and the moon and stars
have drifted off together, it shines.

Even as you lean over this page,
late and alone, it shines: even now
in the moment before it disappears.
Mark Strand, "The Garden" from Selected Poem

Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 28, 2014

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  • Keith BrownKeith Brown (4/27/2020 9:17:00 PM)

    Love of each other and Mother Earth great imagery I enjoyed this poem

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/27/2020 10:14:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem with fascinating inscription. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the modern poem of the day.

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (4/27/2020 10:02:00 AM)

    This beautiful poem describes the philosophical garden through a cosmic, an interior, and a spiritual angle of view. Readers are endowed to see this garden with their eyes of thought. This glow is described as equally material and spiritual. Moreover, it can penetrate both space and time. This glow is strong because it contains holiness. I loved reading this poem.

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (4/27/2020 9:36:00 AM)

    The poem has such a magical effect that i like to read it again and again. Very beautifully crafted to make it interesting. Thanks for sharing and congrats.

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  • Jasbir ChatterjeeJasbir Chatterjee (4/27/2020 8:03:00 AM)

    What a lovely poem! Congratulations on being chosen as poet of the day!

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/27/2020 3:35:00 AM)

    In the garden suspended in time
    my mother sits in a redwood chair:
    light fills the sky,
    the folds of her dress,
    the roses tangled beside her. memories sweet. tony

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  • Dominic M.Windram (4/27/2020 2:06:00 AM)

    A beautiful depiction of moments in time; enhanced by the power of the imagination

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (4/27/2019 11:14:00 PM)

    One of the best poems by Mark Strand...

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (4/27/2019 10:58:00 PM)

    this is poetic garden
    where
    father bends
    to whisper in her ear,
    when they rise to leave
    and the swallows dart
    and the moon and stars
    have drifted off together, it shines...../// beautiful expression

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  • doug scotney (4/27/2019 9:14:00 PM)

    yes. the memories are shining though the parents are gone

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (4/27/2019 3:05:00 PM)

    I wonder if the poet is talking about memories. Memory that shine whenever and wherever it finds a crack in our heart and mind. Enjoyed the poem even if my interpretation is wrong.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/27/2019 2:55:00 PM)

    in the white foliage of the chestnut tree, still we remember your father's walk after reading this excellent poem. We hear the whisper. Leaning over this page the garden is selected wonderfully. This poem touches mind and soul and this is the best choice of many readers.

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (4/27/2019 10:56:00 AM)

    It shines in the garden, .......it shines: even now. A very good poem of Mark Strand

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/27/2019 9:31:00 AM)

    A marvelous narration of the Garden and activities therein with nature's magnanimous manifestations. Well deserved modern poem of the Day.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/27/2019 6:37:00 AM)

    Touching expression. Beautiful poem is shared amazingly.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/27/2019 5:30:00 AM)

    Even as you lean over this page,
    late and alone, it shines: even now
    in the moment before it disappears. a great poem indeed. tony

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  • Tom Allport (4/27/2019 3:19:00 AM)

    A fleeting glimpse of time in suspension.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/27/2019 3:04:00 AM)

    Muse of the chestnut tree!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Manpreet SinghManpreet Singh (4/27/2019 12:32:00 AM)

    Nothing like a leisurely time with your family in your home garden.
    This is beautiful poem. Love the impressionism.

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