That Garden

This poem is dedicated to the memory of Olive H. Prouty and the beautiful gifts that she gave to so many over the years through her healing garden, The Prouty Garden. Many of us have benefited from her generous gift. Not only plants grew in this garden but compassion, kindness, understanding, acceptance, and hope were generated there as well. Many will continue to spread these gifts around. Thanks again Olive Prouty!

(Please consider donating to the making of the film honoring her gift of a healing garden, all of those that it touched, and the struggle to save that sacred space.)

For more info:

https://filmmakerscollab.networkforgood.com/projects/29274-filmmakers-collaborative-the-story-of-saving-prouty-garden

That Garden

For some

Maybe the hospital

Was quieter than their home

Maybe close proximity

Made patients feel

Just like family

Maybe

 

For me the garden was

Constant

Illuminating my darkness

Bringing light into the life

That I was constantly blinking

In and out of

Where horizontal perspectives

Showcased

The tallest most gentle giants

Green leafy and blue

Healing with hues

 

Grey seemed miles away

Down fluorescent lit

Corridor freeways

 

That garden

My Ellis Island

Emerging

From amidst the fog

Oxygen after a long

Difficult journey

Giving me the strength

To go on

 

Reconnecting again

And again

Like an IV

Directly from a plant

A tree

To them

To me

We are all interconnected

Don’t you see

 

Metasequoia umbilical cords

Feeding and nourishing

Tiny lives

Constantly

 

The little ones knew

It too was alive inside

Long after they were gone

That garden

It would thrive

 

Little did they know

The cord would be cut

And a building just might

Swallow the Prouty up

                                        ~ jummyjeenz D.T.

 

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