What’s in a word?

A quadrille for dverse.

wild garlic flowers

We call them all gardens,

billiard table seas, where ride-on mowers

ply back and forth like small oil tankers,


the military formations

of biologically-selected flowers,

all the colours of a photoshop sunset,


and the plot of earth,

half-tamed, timid and subtle,

where nature wanders.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

36 thoughts on “What’s in a word?”

  1. You had me at “billiard table seas, where ride on mowers ply back and forth like small oil tankers.” I happen to like a manicured lawn, but I get your point. THE ACCIDENTAL GARDEN would be a great book title.

  2. Ooh, this is quite lovely! I love the references to military and oil tanker imagery; I have not seen a garden or objects related to gardening described like that before–brilliant! Beautiful details and imagery in this piece. ❤

  3. I would never consider a lawn to be a garden. Might as well put in astroturf…and some people actually do. At least they don’t have to mow it. (K)

      1. When my parents lived in Arizona they had a “lawn” of rocks. Much nicer than the people who had astroturf. Their household water was rationed, even 20 years ago.

    1. Ha ha! I bet! I hope you have access to water. We’re reconsidering the little bit around the house where we have planted roses, vines and a few flowers. In future, I think cacti is going to be a better bet.

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