Chelsea Fringe – London Garden No 13

Five Minutes Peace: a garden to sit in, a poem to read, and a prompt to write to … No 13. (Find out more about what this is all about here.)

Stone Flowers

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All the poems I’ve included so far have come from something in the garden. This one is a little different because it was finding the poem that came first, this one by Kathleen Raine…

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A SPELL FOR CREATION

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Within the flower there lies a seed,
Within the seed there springs a tree,
Within the tree there spreads a wood.
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In the wood there burns a fire,
And in the fire there melts a stone,
Within the stone a ring of iron.
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Within the ring there lies an O,
Within the O there looks an eye,
In the eye there swims a sea,
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And in the sea reflected sky,
And in the sky there shines the sun,
Within the sun a bird of gold.
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Within the bird there beats a heart,
And from the heart there flows a song,
And in the song there sings a word.
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In the word there speaks a world,
A world of joy, a world of grief,
From joy and grief there springs my love.
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Oh love, my love, there springs a world,
And on the world there shines a sun,
And in the sun there burns a fire,
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Within the fire consumes my heart,
And in my heart there beats a bird,
And in the bird there wakes an eye,
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Within the eye, earth, sea and sky,
Earth, sky and sea within an O
Lie like the seed within the flower.

Lovely eh?

It was this poem that made me notice all the flowers around me in the middle of the city.

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Beautiful beautiful stone flowers on nearly every building! How could I not have noticed them before?

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And so I invite you today to look up and write about what you see that you’ve never noticed before before it disappears!

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3 thoughts on “Chelsea Fringe – London Garden No 13

  1. Mine is from last week rather than today, but I found a completely new part of Bath last week! Despite living close by for nearly 30 years, I hadn’t discovered St John’s Hospital (founded 1174) in the heart of the city. I went through a previously unseen archway by the Thermae Spa and discovered a whole new world, including a courtyard with soothing greenery and benches 🙂

    I thought you’d also like this snippet I received by email from Diana (her blog is Elephant’s Eye and she hails from South Africa):

    “So enjoying Sarah’s literary gardens that you pointed us to – the breeze blowing the commas off the page like pollen. I do like that image!”

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