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abandoned gardens: a pantoum about lilacs

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Over the years, faced by change, some communities continue to thrive. Others, once vigorous, may decline and disappear. Sometimes, communities may hang on but individual homes may be abandoned. Abandonment can occur if the owner moves away or dies, or if aspects of the home become unsustainable (for example, a water source dries up).

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When a home is abandoned, what becomes of the vegetable garden, so carefully tended, or the flower gardens, each plant chosen with love and care?

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Annuals are usually the first to go, although biennials may continue to grow for a year and some plants, like sweet William or pansies, may reseed. Perennials may thrive, sometimes for years. Rhubarb, chives and berry crops often continue to grow in a vegetable garden. In the flower garden, peonies, day-lilies and phlox may bloom year after year. Trees and shrubs often persist.

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rhubarb persisting in an old garden

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In my poetry project about abandoned gardens, I want to learn more about various poetry forms. The poem below is written as a pantoum. A pantoum consists of four line stanzas. The second and forth lines of the preceding stanza are used as the first and third lines of the next. The first line of the poem may also be used as the last.

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The poem below is written about an abandoned house in central New Brunswick. Keep in mind, these properties are still owed by someone and the owners may care a great deal about them and perhaps use the property if not the house.

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lilac bush next to an old house

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lilacs persist

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delicate scribble of winter wren

lilac, a cushion of shadow and green

props the abandoned house

roof rusted, clapboards and shingles grey

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lilac, a cushion of shadow and green

at night leaves peer in windows

roof rusted, clapboards and shingles grey

features sculpted by overlapping leaves

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at night they peer in windows

stare, front windows to back yard

features sculpted by overlapping leaves

scented panicles of purple bloom

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stare, front windows to back yard

noses tuned to lilac sweet

scented panicles of purple bloom

lilacs persist and thrive

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noses tuned to lilac sweet

roof rusted, clapboards and shingles grey

lilacs persist and thrive

delicate scribble of winter wren

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lilacs~

This work is supported by a Creation Grant from artsnb (the New Brunswick Arts Board)!

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Perhaps we can learn from the lilac …

persist and thrive.

All my best,

Jane

Written by jane tims

July 6, 2020 at 7:00 am

a sudden change of seasons

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trees along the river

a pleasant bike trip along the river (image by Street View)

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Logbook 4-3

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map showing distance travelled (map by Google Earth)

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On March 18, I spent my time biking along the river (the Sèvre Niortaise).  I loved the reflections on the water and the boats docked along the shore …

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reflections and boats

boats along the river (image by Street View)

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Along the road, I was delighted to see a house draped in blooming Wisteria…

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in the distance, a house with blooming Wisteria (image by Street View)

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But by the time I got there, the seasons had changed, the blooms were gone and I was so disappointed not to see the flowers.  I should have peddled faster!!!   (Street View had photographed the blooming in April, 2010 and then recommenced in winter, January 2011) …

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Jan 2011

Wisteria, no longer in bloom (image by Street View)

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vines

winter vines (image by Street View)

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I also saw a fisherman along the river.  He was fishing in January!

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fisherman

fisherman and his truck (image by Street View)

We had a short conversation:

Fisherman: Bonjour Madame! (Hello madame!)

Jane:  Bonjour.  Est-ce que vous avez attraper des poissons? (Hi.  Have you caught any fish?)

Fisherman:  Bien sûr!  Il y a un grand poisson dans mon camion … voyez-vous que les ressorts  à boudin de mon camion sont en bas?   (Of course!  There’s a huge fish in my truck.  Can’t you see how low the truck springs are?!)

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Best View: an abandoned house along the river…

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'abandoned house'

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

April 8, 2013 at 7:16 am

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