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Heaven on Earth

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“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.”
– Jules Renard

I visited a piece of heaven on earth earlier this week — our friends’ backyard garden.

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I will share with you lines from a poem, “A Garden Poem” by Robert Cording that I discovered this morning, as well as photographs of Shelly and Bob’s backyard garden.

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A garden is both personal and private,
A place that is its own world,
A place that engages the imagination as well as the senses.

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Among other things it is a passage to somewhere else –
To the personal and shared past its scents evoke,
To the distant places to which its forms allude.

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Trees, flowers, water.
From the shade of a maple,
A warbler sings in Spring’s muscular blossomings.

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Water spills from stone to stone and disappears into the pool below,
Everything is growing,
Changing with the light that dapples a patchwork of sun and shade,
And delights with quick transformations of colors.

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A garden is full of the distance we call dreams.
Dreams of home, of family, of friendship.
A garden is a place that is its own world and ours.

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To make a garden is to honor life and its blessings,
To make a garden is to come home.

6 Responses to “Heaven on Earth”

  1. Shelly Holland

    What a perfect poem! It captures just how I feel about our garden. Thank you for visiting our little piece of Heaven on earth, calling it that because I truly feel the Presence of God when I am there!

    Reply
  2. Bob Holland

    Linda,
    What a beautiful job you did photographing our garden and putting it together with the poem. You have a real gift and thank you for sharing it with us! God bless you!

    Reply
  3. Betsy Adams

    Absolutely gorgeous garden… I have another blog friend in Minnesota I think who has an awesome, professional garden like that… Amazing —and Truly –a Heaven on Earth.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Reply
  4. Willard Hill

    Beautiful images and video of a peaceful spot. It is so beautiful. By the way, the young fox photo in the previous post was outstanding. I didn’t single it out in my comment on that post, but I find myself thinking of it and seeing it in my mind several times each day. It is one of those images that I will not forget.

    Reply

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