This quirky little bit of free-verse started as a self-challenge with a single inspiration: Easter. I was stumped, perplexed, and when I couldn't get my brain wrapped around any ideas, I started free-writing for ideas. Finally I found inspiration in a single line - "Crimson and golden Columbine trumpet a heavenly tattoo." From there the poem grew like a showy weed, took over, and ran a completely different direction than I meant it to. I regret nothing.
A quick note: the gargoyle in the garden waiting for rain is a recurring theme in much of my best poetry. It's related to a memory from my childhood: a goldfish pond flanked on both sides by stone gargoyles. Those gargoyles are both long-gone along with the goldfish they guarded, but their influence on my dreams has never wavered. To me, the gargoyle waiting for rain is a whimsical symbol of endurance and transience, and an encouragement to be patient and enjoy the little things in life, like rain.
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One bright Sunday morning,
I slumped down the flagstone walk,
Bypassing the migrating snails with indifference.
A bucket of rancid produce reeked in my grip;
The compost needed feeding.
Soft breezes caressed my cheeks and played with my hair—
Soft breezes sweet and warm,
And perfumed by unseen incense.
All at once, a sound caught my ears—
A sound quite unlike the splat of rotten tomatoes
Connecting violently with packed mulch.
I followed the melodic call to the garden,
Where crimson and golden Columbine
Trumpeted a heavenly tattoo.
Flitting about merrily, the Chickadees and Titmice sang along.
Glo-ry, Glo-ry they trilled
As Lilies and Buttercups rose from their earthy graves.
I followed the Star of Bethlehem to where Daffodils and Wysteria
Bowed and worshipped a plant my garden had never housed:
A powerful, wise, wine-hued trillium.
Its three-fold glossy leaves shone
With a purity not seen Since the Poison Ivy tempted
The Lady's Slipper and Dutchman's Breeches
To partake of the forbidden May Apple of Good and Evil.
I realized As the Catmint and Dogtooth Violet Fawned upon it—
That Trillium had leaves of Eden.
Like a sudden jubilant snowfall
A flock of song birds of every shape and size fluttered to the ground.
Each gathered a rejoicing bloom and turned skyward—
Destination, the Garden of Eden.
After all, I reasoned with an odd smile,
ALL flowers go to Heaven.
As I gazed around my now empty lot,
I thought not of the fresh compost and the rich, black soil,
Or even the packets of seeds in the shed.
They wouldn't be there—
Heaven is full of seedlings.
I sat on the stone bench,
Musing silently as the ever-patient gargoyle
Waited for rain.
Reflecting on the miracle I'd witnessed,
I retreated but a moment,
Then returned with a thick volume,
Its gilded cover cracked with age.
Settling in the warm earth like a newly planted bulb, I began to read,
Never noticing the migrating snails
Planting new seeds all around me.
As I lost myself in familiar lessons,
The ever-patient gargoyle smiled at me,
And settled in to wait for rain.