Thursday, October 1, 2015

"There will be no 'Keep off the Grass' signs."

[Title quote, John McClaren (b.1846--), gardener in perpetuity, Golden Gate Park]

I am by the sea
And behind me
Is another garden--
One of McClaren's
Windpumps serving
Australian rhododendron,
Cypress,  cedar from
Lebanon-- gnarled roots
Squeezing sand into soil
In this world away, another
Land, here, under
Alien weather, rooted,
Drew life and clutched
These dunes together.



  1. Alien weather. I wonder how that is. :)


  2. Well said. Your quote reminded me of Arlo Guthrie improvising on his father's song to change the lines "I saw a sign there, said keep off the grass, and on the other side it didn't say nothing, that side was made for you and me."

  3. So many places represented in one small spot.