Help me plant a poem in an imaginary garden

by Charles Stirton July. 09, 2007 5792 views

Calling all poets and poetry lovers (you too Photopoet)

Today I was inspired, after reading some quotations by Rudolph Steiner and Wofgang Goethe, to look at my postings in a new way. But for it to work I will need your help.

The idea is simple.

I am posting pictures taken in my imaginary garden.

This is where you come in.

My request is for you to add a poem to each of the numbered pictures. Some will be easy, others a challenge.

Lets see what sort of garden we can co-create.

It will be our GARDEN OF POEMS


















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Charles Stirton 9 years, 9 months ago

Thank you [b]Tim927[/b] for honouring your commitment to write us a poem and for creating such a heartfelt and moving poem for our imaginary garden. These are sentiments I am happy to be custodian of in the Garden and will plant them there.

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Charles Stirton 9 years, 9 months ago

Thnak you [b]Wonderlands[/b] for Loepold Satff's poem and for introducing us all to one of Poland's greatest poets. I found his poem Samotność (Solitude) and a translation which can go into the Imaginary garden.


Czekam jej, jak co dzień. Czy wróci?
Myślę o wieczorze rozstania, o trzasku drzwi, które zawarła
w gniewie, o milczeniu, które zaległo w mej duszy.
Czekam jej, jak co dzień. Czy wróci?
Weszłaby, mówiąc, by coś rzec:
"Mijałam twój dom i przychodzę spojrzeć, czy róże nie ucierpiały od zimy."
Potem uśmiechnęłaby się do mego ogródka,
do spokojnego widnokręgu i wiem, że nie odeszłaby już.

[b]Solitude[/b] (Englsh translation by (Marek Tomaszewski)
by Leopold Staff
I await her every day. Will she come back?
I think about our parting evening: the bang of the door that she shut
in anger; the silence that then settled in my soul.
I await her every day. Will she come back?
She would come in, saying, merely to say something:
"I was passing by your house and I came to see whether the roses have suffered because of the winter."
Then she would smile at my garden
and at the calm horizon - and I know that she would never leave again.

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Tim 9 years, 9 months ago

Well,,not a poem,,im bad at it,,just some reflexions watchign number 1 :)

I want to live in a garden,
with the ugliest and the most beautiful flowers,
different colours living together, no fights...
different sizes,
different races,
sharing the same water and the same ground,,,no fights...
same sky above,
same wind blowing,
standing strong in sun and in rain,,,no fights...
accepting life as it comes adn surviving...
I want to be a flower:)

Well sorry for being so late sevendipity,,first I was busy with work adn then I must confess I forgot, but hey ,,here I am,,better late than never lol :)

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Tim 9 years, 9 months ago

sure here I am :...I was jsut thinking, I woudnt like to copy a poem so im makign a full of myself,,I have the ideas but no way to arrange them,,,:) Not a good poet here:)

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Charles Stirton 9 years, 10 months ago

Thanks [b]Wonderland[/b]. I have a Polish friend who will translate it for me. Hope you come back[b] Tim 927[/b].

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tim 9 years, 10 months ago

a poem for a photo,,sure i will contribute to this,,, I love the idea,,,just got a lot of work on my desk right now,,but will find a min soon :)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Raju Baiju 9 years, 10 months ago

mind blowing!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Zoule 9 years, 10 months ago

superb !

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Freyja 9 years, 10 months ago

So poetical!Great shots and beautiful words!Thanks for sharing!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Peter 9 years, 10 months ago

A wonderful collection of photos. #1, #6 and #13 are my favourites. And some nice poems.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Charles Stirton 9 years, 10 months ago

Thank you all for your wonderful contributions. I have created a special corner for you all in my imaginary garden and you will all be part of it now. In a months time I will make a special posting linking all the avatars who have responded to this. That will be fun. Once I have mastered my new some digital software I will begin to show you pictures of this imaginary place. We will continue to create it together.

Thanks [b]Elkegroscholl[/b] and [b]SilkeHoltmann[/b] for the Goethe poems, so beautiful and feeling in the German language. I will try to get some good translations to share. [b]ThirdRockTrotter[/b] the video was beautiful. I saw film The secret garden just three days ago so it obviously played on my subconscious. And for all of you for finding such amazing poems. I am sure we have not heard the end of this.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jason 9 years, 10 months ago

Wow. This is getting quite interesting...I must come back again!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Elke 9 years, 10 months ago

Sah ein Knab ein Röslein stehn

Sah ein Knab ein Röslein stehn,
Röslein auf der Heiden.
War so jung und war so schön
Lief er schnell es nah zu sehn
Sahs mit vielen Freuden
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot,
Röslein auf der Heiden.

Knabe sprach: "Ich breche dich,
Röslein auf der Heiden."
Röslein sprach: "Ich steche dich,
Daß du ewig denkst an mich,
Und ich wills nicht leiden."
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot,
Röslein auf der Heiden.

Und der wilde Knabe brach
's Röslein auf der Heiden
Röslein wehrte sich und stach,
Half ihm doch kein Weh und Ach,
Mußt es eben leiden.
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot,
Röslein auf der Heiden.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832

A wunderful idea and really nice pictures !!!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lynda 9 years, 10 months ago

Here's a garden poem written after seeing a garden in Lubek, Maine

The Cottage Garden

She knows plants, their needs, desires.
Mosses and ferns overlap garden stonework,
colors ignite in the sunspots.
At the top of her hill she??s cut down trees
for an oriental garden. A suspended screen
of birch tree branches, witnesses inscrutable silence.

She rides a tractor across the road
to where the land flattens
and mows swathes of grass.
When she is motionless, I tell her how wonderful
to see a ??crazy quilt?? of flowers, then lily pads in pious silence.
She hesitates. Then says, If I see a plant I love, I buy it,
and then find a place to root it down.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 9 years, 10 months ago

fantastic set.a hard work to find a poem to another poem. only one

Even now
I bring her back to me in her quick shame,
Hiding her bright face at the point of day:
Making her grave eyes move in watered stars,
For love's great sleeplessness wandering all night,
Seeming to sail gently, as that pink bird,
Down the water of love in a harvest of lotus.

Black Marigolds - Chaurapanchasika
The Fifty Stanzas of Chauras

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lynda 9 years, 10 months ago

I love your garden of flowers waiting to bloom into poems
but my mind skipped to the theme for the day??food

How To Eat a Poem
by Eve Merriam

Don't be polite.
Bite in.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
may run down your chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.

You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
or plate or napkin or tablecloth.

For there is no core
or stem
or rind
or pit
or seed
or skin
to throw away.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Rakumori 9 years, 10 months ago

A very good visual poem :)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Timea Nogradi 9 years, 10 months ago

the firs one and the rhubarb fantastic.(all of them fantastic)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lisa 9 years, 10 months ago

I love your imaginary garden and it's inhabitants. I'm not very good at poetry, though. :)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sherij 9 years, 10 months ago

Stunning!!!!!! #2 is great great great!! Loved the whole post!!! Just beautiful!!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Joost 9 years, 10 months ago

nr 10 is wonderfull !

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Silke 9 years, 10 months ago


Der Strauss, den ich gepflücket,
Grüsse dich viel tausendmal!
Ich habe mich oft gebücket
Ach, wohl ein tausendmal;
und ihn ans Herz gedrücket,
Wie hunderttausendmal.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Kasia 9 years, 10 months ago

#1 exciting!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Aimeric 9 years, 10 months ago

gorgeous ... love #1 ... & the rest
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9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Miclaud 9 years, 10 months ago

You have got ALL the elements to write your poem...

#1: Red as blood, gold as sun... two elements for life....

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jet28 9 years, 10 months ago

So beautiful!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ian 9 years, 10 months ago

Great set, the first one is beautiful

9 years, 10 months ago Edited