Wednesday, 26 June 2019

A walk in Hagley park








A walk in Hagley park

I Walk into an oasis of peace within the
beating heart of Christchurch city.
I enter where a lake stretches at my feet
A stairway to heaven rises from the water
as my mind dives into another dimension
and dappled light dances under my feet

Soul soothing air drifts among
gnarled and wrinkled trees
Their energy lingering,
Their looks suited to the season;
sprigs spun with lush leaves
transform in rusty red and amber
then bare boned and open armed
finally full off flamboyant floral frills

A carpet of green is rolled out over the park
framed by magnolia’s and begonia’s
The rose garden dotted
with red, pink and purple hues
I zoom into the curling petals huddling
around the stem of the red rose
and fragrance full of promises 

penetrates my senses

The Avon river hugs the park
It’s long arms holding the bobbing boats
Splashing sounds and waves of laughter
create an orchestra of joy
The peacock looks in approval from
the fountain overflowing with
singing water and serene calmness


37 comments:

  1. So beautiful a scene! You took me there in no time. Gorgeous!

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  2. This is beautifully written Marja.

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  3. You painted a heavenly picture with words and the stairway jutting out of the water in the photograph is a dive into a new dimension where any fantastical thing is possible.

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    1. Thanks and love your words "dive into a new dimension" Always said there is a poet inside you

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  4. Ohh this is so beautiful!!💖 Especially love; "A carpet of green is rolled out over the park framed by magnolia’s and begonia’s/The rose garden dotted with red, pink and purple hues."😊

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  5. Isn't it amazing what you can see when you take the time to walk through a park? The same sights from a bicycle would look totally different--a blur.

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  6. Evocative images, Marja. I'm taken into the vibrant, into the calm.

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  7. Very descriptive. Thank you for taking me there.

    Elizabeth
    https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/walk/

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  8. What a beautiful spot for recharging one's batteries. I was glad to read the explanation of the stairway to heaven structure. I was wondering what that was.

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    1. Oh Sherry we are very blessed to have such a park My favourites are the enormous old trees

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  9. What gorgeous imagery captured by your words! And that stairway to heaven, is a thing of beauty.

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    1. Thanks and yes I love that sculpture They have to clean it often as the birds strike down on it

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  10. Hi Marja - I'm so pleased the Park is giving solace ... Christchurch has really experienced a lot of grief in recent years ... your poem is delightful ... clever lady. That sculpture is stunning ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks a lot Yes the first thing we did after the earthquake was going to the park as that was the only thing unchanged and beautiful. During the grieve recently there was a sea of flowers laid at the park. It became a pilgrimage site

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  11. How wonderful that the peacock can look on all with serene calmness.

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    1. Thanks yes the peacock sits there in peace on top of a fountain or there are actually 3 of them I think :)

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  12. Picture and poem both suggest a wonderful oasis of beauty and tranquillity.

    I am intrigued by the name of the park. In Tasmania, where I grew up, there is a town called Hagley. It seems that the man who named it was connected with Hagley Hall in England. I wonder if there is some similar connection for Hagley Park; not a name I come across often.

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    1. That could well be Rosemary as Christchurch is a very English city You come along many words of English heritage like street names

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  13. The park has a lake, a fountain, and is 'hugged' by a river - in one word, water. Water is life, beauty and tranquillity and together with the existing flora and fauna turns the park into the oasis mentioned by you in the very first line of the poem.

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    1. Thanks and "Water is life, beauty and tranquillity" sounds poetic to me You should try write one

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  14. Lovely poem and photo. We must get down there one day.

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  15. Your words are a delight. My favourite lines
    "promises penetrates my senses

    The Avon river hugs the park "

    Happy you dropped by my blog to read mine

    Much❤🕊❤love

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  16. A walk and respite from the city. It feels beautifully calming.

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  17. A soul soothing piece, no doubt, Marja! Beautiful...

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  18. Gorgeous poem, Marja. I fell in love with that third stanza!

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  19. There is something so zen about this beautiful witness to a wonderful walk. I love the alliteration of these lines, especially:

    "dives into another dimension
    and dappled light dances under my feet"

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