The Gardener of Eden

photo of James Broughton's gravestone
Gravestone of Port Townsend Poet James Broughton

The Gardener of Eden

I am the old dreamer who never sleeps.
I am timekeeper of the timeless dance.
I preserve the long rhythms of the earth,
and fertilize the rounds of desire.

In my evergreen arboretum.
I raise flowering hopes for the world.
I plant seeds of perennial affection,
and wait for their passionate bloom.

Would you welcome the sight if you saw it?
Revalue the view your have lost?
Could you wake to the innocent morning
and flow the risks of your heart?

Every day I grow a dream in my garden,
where the beds are laid out for love.
When will you come to embrace it
and join in the joy of the dance?

James Broughton
(November 10, 1913 – May 17, 1999)


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