– 7/17/19

      Hosted by Kath Abela Wilson

      How did I find myself in the magic garden? Someone left me here one day and I let myself be lost listening, watching. I walk mapless, quickly and aimlessly in and around, over the paths, some familiar, some new. Unsure, yet free, the wind carries me. Refreshed, vigorous, the garden is mine.

      A woman in a red dress surrounded by multi-colored plants

      In a magic Garden. Nogoya, Japan (Photo – Masa Jimbo)

      did we meet in a dream
      was the window left open
      every turn a mirror
      a pinwheel flower spins

      ~ Kath Abela

      Ο Ο Ο

      a scene of pepples and greenery

      Jean Sudbury’s Magic Garden Hens and Chicks (Photo – Kath Abela Wilson)

      Jean Sudbury

      morning conversation

      red whiskered bulbuls
      greet each other

      in the tops of the trees
      hey cutie
      really good to be here

      Ο Ο Ο

      A yellow cactus flower with a red heart

      Cactus flower in the magic garden (Photo – Jean Sudbury)

      M. Kei

      hens and chicks
      the most forgiving
      of plants
      love thrives
      even in barren soil

      orange, and persimmon,
      sherbet colors
      that feed the mind
      no one can starve in the desert

      snakes, too,
      are happy visitors
      did anyone
      ever think that the Serpent
      might have longed for Eden?

      seeing only her skirt
      at first
      I thought she was a
      butterfly bush
      in joyous bloom

      Ο Ο Ο

      A painting of a cat, flowers and butterflies

      The Encouter, a painting by Richard Scully

      Pauli Dutton

      once I was
      a butterfly
      might I be one again
      come upon myself
      along this same path

      Ο Ο Ο

      White Azaleas with green shrubbery behind them

      White Azaleas (Photo – Veronica Iwanaga)

      Reka Nyitrai

      the dolls she never had—
      white azaleas


      all I could have been…
      root bound azalea

      Ο Ο Ο

      A dragonfly on a purple flower

      Dragonfly (Photo – Tzetska Iliyeva)

      Pat Geyer

      shut in, i look out…
      wing of a blue dragonfly
      dashes me away

      Ο Ο Ο

      A scenery of water and a red colored tree and greens all around

      Magic of water in the garden (Photo – Tzetzka Ilieva)

      Tzetska Ilieva

      looking all day down
      at lotuses, I forgot
      there was a world above


      Magic Garden: Quotes and Credits

      Jean Sudbury says: “I listen to these birds and I swear that they talk like this. That’s what I hear.” Jean’s “magic garden” in Sierra Madre, California, has inspired many visiting poets and is frequented by many kinds of birds and appreciative wildlife. The tanka here by M.Kei were in fact inspired by images he saw of her garden. Jean teaches yoga and meditation and is a long-time musician and gardener. She writes with Poets on Site and has joined us as poet and player at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. She writes on arts and the environment for Colorado Boulevard.net.

      M. Kei is a tall ship sailor and award-winning poet who lives on Maryland’s Eastern shore. He’s the editor of Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka (formerly A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka). He was the editor-in-chief of Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Vols. 1–4, and the editor of Bright Stars, An Organic Tanka Anthology. His most recent collection of poetry is January, A Tanka Diary. He is also the author of the award-winning gay Age of Sail adventure novels, Pirates of the Narrow Seas.

      Pauli Dutton recently retired after 30 years as a librarian at the Altadena Library, California. She enjoys having more time to write, sing, and dance. She, and her husband of 50 years Richard Dutton, meet with Pasadena Poets on Site weekly and have participated in many of their books and performances. They also join at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden often and their poems are included in our anthology Stone Lantern, 2019. Pauli says: “Visiting the garden is entering a world where every leaf is a meditation.” Pauli’s tanka included in today’s salon was inspired by the painting “The Encounter” by Richard Scully, shown in a retrospective exhibit of his work at the Arbor Academy of Art.

      Reka Nyitrai lives in Bucharest, Romania. She writes haiku, tanka and cherita. She was born in Transylvania, a land that she truly considers magic. If she was given a chance to reborn, she would like to be a red wild tulip in the middle of a sunny meadow.

      Pat Geyer lives in East Brunswick, NJ, USA. Her home is surrounded by the parks and lakes where she finds her dragonfly spirit comes alive. Published in several journals, she is an amateur photographer and poet.

      Tzetzka Ilieva lives in Marietta, Georgia. She writes short poems in English and Bulgarian. During the weekends she often visits the local gardens for a slow walk up the hills and around the ponds. Some days she returns home with a short poem, other days – with dozens of photos.


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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      1. alex nodopaka says:

        And WOW

        whatta garden
        yah got there
        Ah might stop
        and pluck
        your flowers if yah
        ‘ain’t careful.
        Come see mine
        won’t you.
        I’ll show you mine
        since you’ve shown
        me yours… lol

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