Sunday, 31 August 2014

the esoteric poem

the words popped 
in sunlight sparkles like . . . 
freshly uncorked champagne

and, indeed, I was left  
somewhat, light-headed 
in the mysterious place where

I had been led, 
along intricate pathways, 
passed secret chambers

to a room with many doors 
to be opened 
– or not –

and while I sat 
which way to go

about the architect 
of this beautiful labyrinth

and marvelling: 
at what had been created 
with such poetry

I allowed myself
to bide there for a bit, 
for I was hidden

and the world was bathed in luminescence

notes:  pictured is The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, in the midst of Vancouver's bustling Chinatown. It is the first ever Chinese garden built outside of China and is a model of a Ming Dynasty scholar's home.  In 2011, the Garden was named one of the "Top Ten City Gardens in the World" by National Geographic in their publication "Secret Journeys of a Lifetime".
Additional photos of this lovely garden can be viewed by hitting the 2013 post button on the right of this blog and going back to Tuesday, April 23, 2013 and Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

photo:  Esoteric Poem in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden – W. Bourke

© 2014 Wendy Bourke


  1. love the light popping like champagne...and the relation of the maze to poetry...i love it when i am led around like that...and sometimes you wonder how they got where they did...and there is def reason for delight in that...

  2. I have always been enchanted by the oriental culture, its awesome and i too got lost with this mesmerising poem in the garden

  3. I think the labyrinth of words, leading us on.. sometimes like the light popping of champagne and the next in the danger of tumbling boulders.. but the deeper we go into the maze we will find us self at that place where we need to make choices.. after all there's a Minotaur somewhere deep among those chambers ..

    1. 'Tis true: those tumbling boulders and (of course that Minotaur) they can get ya, and sometimes - they do! Smiles

  4. a delightful entrance to an enchanted world so similar to the world of poetry.."wondering:
    about the architect / of this beautiful labyrinth" favorite lines :)

  5. Ah, Wendy, I was there a couple years ago. What a beautiful place. Your poem brought back some good memories. I do wish I could visit again!

  6. It's something exotic and unusual. It certainly invokes lots of curiosity! Great lines Wendy!


  7. So pretty. Your words and the photo are an ideal match.

  8. Lovely - from "the words popped" down to "I was hidden and…."