Category Archives: National Botanic Gardens

Sporting

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Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 


old strawhead
sporting a new star
for Christmas

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Strawhead’s Eyes

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Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 
 
wind jostles the scarecrow
near the heavy-hung cornstalks
the summer is spent*


three crows that followed Jesus
have pecked out old strawhead’s eyes

*Haiku by Jessica Slavin
 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Old Strawhead

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Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 


carnival of one—
old strawhead in the garden
crooning for a crow

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Peacock

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Orchid, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Dublin
 


A greenhouse orchid
pretends to be a peacock,
fanning its proud tail.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Older than Words

 
No matter where I go in the world, I seek wild places. If I cannot find wilderness, then a place where there are more plants than people will do. Wandering through the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin one icy, grey January day, I imagine how this expanse looked when the Vikings invaded Ireland in the 8th century: “wiry heathpacks, flitches of fern” (Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Inversnaid”). Wild oaks clawed at the stars. Brambles raked the backs of unwary beasts. And then came humans:
 


Long ago the heath
was tamed into a garden
dotted with duck ponds.

 
Still, there are whiffs of wildness in this place: the raven, bragging of its exploits; the lugubrious willow, mourning the loss of its summer finery; even the eastern breeze trying to be polite as it rustles the reeds. By a language older than words, my soul is restored.
 

Pretending

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Orchid, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Dublin
 


A greenhouse orchid
pretends to be a peacock,
fanning its proud tail.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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