Wednesday, 18 September 2013

sun shower

the raindrops fell –
so slowly, on

the warm, contented day,

it was more refreshing
than if, there was
no rain at all –

to ease the weariness away.

drifting in white smoke clouds
on mirrors, luxuriously,
and yet:

the thought
– that any moment –

it could stop,

dripped upon
the perfect pleasance

in wistful beads

of wishing –
and regret.

note:  pictured is the Bloedel Conservatory (a domed, temperature-controlled environment, atop the City of Vancouver’s highest point, which is home to more than 100 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers, and koi fish) with the BC Coastal Mountains, in the background.  In the foreground is the “Dancing Waters” fountain.

photo: Heavenly Sun Shower – W. Bourke 

© 2013 Wendy Bourke


  1. I always wonder where you're going to take us ... Oh, those "wistful beads of wishing" and, above all, regret.

    Interesting: Here, full-blown rain would be v. refreshing - but, of course, that's because we continue to be in severe drought.

    it was more refreshing
    than if, there was
    no rain at all –

    Curious, where was that photo taken?

  2. The photo is of the Bloedel Conservatory (part of the Queen Elizabeth 52 hectare park). The Bloedel Conservatory (for exotic wildlife) sits atop the City of Vancouver’s highest point. It is a very peaceful, otherwordly place. I had come upon the word “pleasance” some time ago meaning: a secluded, pleasant part of a garden laid out with trees and walks, and think that the area around the Bloedel Conservatory fits that description perfectly. Because of its futuristic – yet contemplative – ambience, the conservatory has been used as a filming location for several movies and science fiction series including Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1 and Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda.

  3. Very interesting, thanks! I've been to Vancouver a couple of times, briefly, but apparently didn't make it to the conservatory.

    P.S. Moments ago, we finally got a dab or two of rain!

  4. Rain can be so refreshing...although around here I find myself wishing for more sun! I'm like Janet, I always wonder where you are going to take your photos, history and process notes you provide, and of course your poems--which are a word journey that ends up just right. I want to visit this Conservatory, sounds wonderful. Have you been to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria too? I visited them years, what an amazing place.

  5. Thanks, Jennifer, and yes, I have visited Butchart Gardens (just outside of Victoria) on Vancouver Island, many times. In fact, we lived in Victoria, for 2 years back in the early 70’s - one of our many stops criss-crossing the country in Mike’s multiple (and seemingly, endless - at the time) job transfers, in the wildly frenetic (in those early years - now, long gone) field of information systems development. Victoria is a beautiful city (my favorite Canadian city, in fact). Even today, it’s like stepping back a couple of decades in time. And Butchart Gardens, has that same from-another-era graciousness. Beautiful, beautiful gardens and, at night, breathtaking fireworks and light shows in – and against - that spectacular flora. A really lovely dreamlike place to wander for many hours (and still not take it all in).