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Secret Garden of Yesteryears

I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I now live in Daytona Beach, Florida with my wonderful cat Sid.


Behind the old creaky gate,

lay a garden no one knew.

it might have been long forgotten,

but the creatures that roamed there -

knew it well.

Dusty roses upon wilting vines,

still valiantly blooming,

as summers marched by.

Weeds and grasses,

a chock hold on flowers,

that still bloom in the springs.

Seasonal rains refresh it,

a lush green, quiet secret paradise.

The old faded bench,

just right for dreaming,

of the yesteryears of old –

when this garden bloomed fresh and new.

When in May,

the lilac tress would bloom,

lovers would stroll hand in hand,

later enjoying the scent of roses,

upon the summer breezes.

So seasons have come and gone,

the garden now untended,

yet, some magic remains,

in a secret garden from long forgotten days.

Perhaps a visit,

when the moon is full,

from spirits,

that might dance down these garden paths.

Where a tall old oak,

stands sadly,

waiting for visitors,

to come swinging on the old wooden swing.

Whispers of days past,

blown along with the winds,

each day new tulips blossom,

but there is no one to care.

I know if I take a stroll there,

I will find you as in days of old,

with my hand once again in yours,

we’ll unlock the secrets,

that here are stored.

Secret garden -

memories of yesteryears.

© 2020 Gypsy Rose Lee


Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 15, 2020:

Thank you, Genna. I hope you had a good Easter.

Thank you, Nell.

Nell Rose from England on April 12, 2020:

This was so lovely. I have often walked past an overgrown garden and wondered who or why someone had left it like that. Loved it!

Genna East on April 12, 2020:

This is wonderful, Rasma...

A couple of my favorites:

"The old faded bench,

just right for dreaming,"

"Perhaps a visit,

when the moon is full,

from spirits,

that might dance down these garden paths."

Well done! :-) Happy Easter.

Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 05, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda. Inspired by the garden I had when I lived in Latvia.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 04, 2020:

This sounds like my kind of place.

I would love to bring new life back to a secret garden then spend my afternoon there each day.

Nice writing.

Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 04, 2020:

I hope this finds you a well and safe and having a good weekend

Thank you, Jamie

Thank you, Bill

Thank you, Shauna

Thank you, Ruby. I guess in a way this was inspired by the garden I had in Latvia and I miss.

Thank you, Pamela

Thank you, Ann

Ann Carr from SW England on April 04, 2020:

Beautiful and poignant! It reminds me of the book 'The Secret Garden', one of my childhood favourites.


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 03, 2020:

This is a beautiful poem. It seem you could have a lovely, secret garden that no one else knew about. Its perfect.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 03, 2020:

This is beautiful Rasma. I wish I could find a secret garden that was untended, I would cut and groom and go there everyday.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 03, 2020:

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a secret garden where you could leave the cares of the world behind? To relish in the silent beauty and let your mind drift. It would be the perfect escape.

Beautiful poem, Rasma!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 03, 2020:

I love the title of this poem. It catches your attention immediately, like a good introduction of a novel. Well done, Rasma!

Be safe my friend!

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 02, 2020:

Beautiful poetry Rasma. Jamie

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