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child-garden-webIt is enclosed the garden here,
a fountain situated facing west,
with two fir trees on each side,
the water making beautiful melody
soothing to anyone who takes the time to listen.

The pond filled with plants,
wild actually in their profusion,
the way I like it,
crowded with gold fish
and a few coi,
they being black, white and yellow,
gorgeous.

I sit in one of the chairs along the walk way
and close my eyes
allowing the sounds to calm me
and to perhaps pray for a short time,
afterwards leaving refreshed.

I find the enclosed garden healing
my spirits rise even when I just stroll through
or hurry by,
it is the same
I feel greeted
embraced by it simple beauty.

Br. Mark Dohle, OCSO
Holy Spirit Monastery

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