Exercise in Mirrored Verse

Don’t worry… I haven’t abandoned ‘Parts and Parcels’ just yet. The gnostic parable is still very much underway. I just got a bit of criticism for not posting anything new today (even though about 25-50% of the aforementioned parable was written and uploaded today…) so here is a bit of poetry that I did. Except… I’m not entirely sure if it is actually a poem. I wanted to make a reflection in a garden pond, but the garden had to be both metaphorical and literal, and the pond not even mentioned. And its always a bit of a struggle making reflections in non-existent ponds in metaphorical green spaces that only exist to symbolise the duality of ennui and unnoticed growth and development in a relationship. Anyway… here you go you demanding bunch. This is specially for you. See what you make of it, I cannot decide if its brilliant or a bit shit.


We Sit In Gardens

We sit in gardens,
Statues, on which lichen slowly spreads.
The verbal flower’s stifled growth,
Over-watered, Under-fed.

(We twist around a single, swinging seat.
The garden is old, and tiny plaques
Spread the base of the oldest trees you know
I love.
Bent down to read, you turn to me
And sprout the same old Marvell line you know
I hate:
‘If we had world enough, and time…’
As if the garden was young,
Not realising when, and where you are.)

We sit in gardens,
Statues, on which lichen slowly spreads.
The verbal flower’s stifled growth,
Over-watered, Under-fed.

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About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

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