We wander in a daze, through minarets of clay,
alabaster arches of thousand one more dreams.
We get lost in mazes, guided only by
children’s laughter and gasps of enchantment.
Round-mopped flowerheads beckon us to stroke them.
Birdsong fills the cool shade under the chestnut tree.
Water in every form bustles, trickles, dribbles, laps –
Each fountain a family member,
each square of cement path a pebble-enscribed love-letter.
disparate elements reclaimed from Morocco, Java, Spain,
brought together with nothing but bare hands and humour.
It started out as child’s play and became a family’s history,
hands in soil for decades, shared sighs, always a surprise,
glimmer of a pool around the corner, where
copper filigree meets bulbous earthen pumpkins.
Day after day they built one more terrace,
seeded another flowerbed,
mosaics of azure tinged with moss, gold shredded with scarlet.
Thirst quenched, a little silenced,
we leave here hand in hand.
These magnificent gardens that I discovered earlier this year just outside Annecy in France – a source of inspiration and delight. For Gabriella’s brilliant initial hosting prompt about travel writing over at dVerse Poets Pub.