“The bench and the birdhouse
nestle among flowers. What a beautiful
sanctuary, this garden, this spot of land
alive with colours–purple columbine,
yellow buttercups, and pink water avens
like little fairies
dancing upon green leaves.

What peace there is
in this garden, the robins and wrens
making their visits, the travellers
stopping by for a moment
to admire this tucked away place,
this treasure.”

By Mary McCormack. Chicago.