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dVerse — quadrille — Gethsemane’s Check

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Labyrinth in Grand Rapids, MI.  Photo taken August 5, 2020.


Gethsemane’s Check

A large carved brick disc is plopped in the
center of a near-urban churches’ garden.
Chartre-styled snakes undulate with
purple petunias at midday to wind chimes.
Highway noises call like trapped surf in
machined shells, far from the sea.
Only ants walk with me.




Victoria C. Slotto is today’s host at dVerse.  Victoria says:
So, I want to invite you to join me in celebration of this summer, putting aside the chaos that surrounds us for a few hours. Let’s hop into the garden of words and write a quadrille, a poem of exactly 44 words, excluding title, that uses any form of the word GARDEN.

68 thoughts on “dVerse — quadrille — Gethsemane’s Check

  1. Lisa, you astound me once again with the pure depth of your figurative imagery:

    “Chartre-styled snakes undulate with
    purple petunias at midday to wind chimes.”

    This is doing wonders for my mind’s eye! Such evocative lines in a wonderfully written poem. I especially enjoyed the last line, implying the walk with nature, including animals, in the garden. That is amazing. What a fantastic take on the prompt! It’s quite lovely. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Linda. It’s a beautiful place except for that constant loud highway noise blotting out any chance of peace. The ants were oblivious to it, which should be a lesson to me. Will have to go back there early some weekend morning.

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  2. I really like the unique comparison here…”Highway noises call like trapped surf in
    machined shells, far from the sea.” Yep, they can stay there…this place seems so lovely.

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  3. I found some layering in thia. The title, Gethsemane, and then the aloneness at the end of the poem strikes me deeply as Christ rebuked his followers for leaving him alone in his suffering. Maybe intended, maybe not, but poetry has a way of establishing connections for readers.

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    1. Victoria, I’m glad you made the connection. Seeking solace in suffering only to have it driven away by the loud highway noises. Not to diss ants, but I was hoping for another to walk with me (spiritual guidance/comfort) in the labyrinth.

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    1. 🙂 I had gone over to GR to pick something up from my son’s house and learned of the labyrinth a few days before. When I mentioned it my son said he knew about it as he and his girlfriend had been there looking for Pokemons 🙂

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  4. This is absolutely amazing in its use of diction! I love; “Chartre-styled snakes undulate with purple petunias at midday to wind chimes.” Wowww! 💝

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  5. These urban gardens often bring such a sense of peace. Last year, we often took my mom to the garden belonging to a Mormon temple, which was next to her building in Philadelphia.
    I liked “Highway noises call like trapped surf in
    machined shells, far from the sea.” Perfect.

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    1. Kerfe, you might be amazed how many labyrinths are out there. There’s another one I want to visit this week about 50 miles south of here that also happens to be by an old some-say-haunted mansion. Hoping to take a lot of cool pics.

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  6. Love your quadrille. Oh, I would the one to walk the labyrinth path with you and the ants. I’d be a modern day Minotaur standing in its center feasting on the beauty of the surrounds. I am completely charmed by the landlocked fish off to the side as out of place yet belonging as the urban sounds that remind us of another type of life.

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