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Kaleidoscope Surprise

by James Zealy

Meandering aimlessly through the desolate estate
As a monkey chasing a winsome dream
My boot caresses the dangling ivy overgrown
Over the wall towering
To reveal an anomaly, a door

The rusty door hinges grudgingly open
Another trek through a garden arbor
As I grip the Camera
A cynical smirk adorns my face
Expectation of an ordinary scene

My dragon's breath warmed by morning coffee
Smokes with the wind chill from the mountain breeze
As I enter, the brilliant Kaleidoscope of colours
takes me by surprise

Excitement fills every fiber
As the camera clicks shot after shot
Overpowering images fill every frame
Each Rare as a perfect wine
Until it all is captured
So the secret can be shared


Author's Note: Part of an exercise for the 30's forum. It also loosely based on a book I read as a child called "The Secret Garden". It is truly a wonderful story.

Posted on 01/14/2005
Copyright © 2021 James Zealy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by JD Clay on 01/18/05 at 12:29 AM

This enigmatic piece brings to mind the Tomb of Tutankhamen, and what it must have been like to discover all those hidden treasures. Very delightful, James. Pe4ce...

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 01/18/05 at 08:37 PM

a kaleidoscope of feeling and imagery that swirls intensely and bright... blessings...

Posted by Mary Ellen Smith on 01/18/05 at 09:51 PM

Your secret is out...great poem!

Posted by Maria Massarella on 06/24/08 at 01:44 PM

I would want to be like that garden and be discovered so. There is magic in your words beyond the wondrous kaleidoscopicness. Lovely to find it in PPS skies. Thank you*m.a

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 06/24/08 at 02:57 PM

I have no idea how I missed this!! The Secret Garden is one of my favorite stories, too. Congraulations on POTD!!!

Posted by Laurie Blum on 06/24/08 at 04:41 PM

A vivid description of newly discovered beauty, photography can be such a powerful artistic device. Congrats on POTD!

Posted by Wendy Sparling on 06/24/08 at 06:24 PM

Congrats on your POTD, James. You describe a wonderous, exquisite picture of color.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 06/24/08 at 07:20 PM

Congratulations on POTD James! An excellent description of a movie place I simply loved.

Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 06/24/08 at 08:15 PM

Well done James, Congrats on POTD

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/25/08 at 03:53 AM

I love the discovery in this, the excitement you share with the reader, but the withholding of details that still keep the secret, well, secret. MOre to come, perhaps? Congrats on POTD. A lot of rich vocabulary here.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/28/08 at 06:17 PM

As a fellow shutter bug I can easily relate to this colorful poetic snapshot...or should I say shots? :o)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/28/08 at 06:19 PM

PS: And a belated congrats on a worthy choice for POTD!

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 06/29/08 at 03:43 AM

Is that High Rock Lake in your account photo. As a fellow North Carolinian (now living in Switzerland), I remember many a good time on that lake back in the 60s and 70s. More important, your vivid piece took me on a journey of delight as you discovered an Eden of colorful splendor (maybe in the Appalachians?). Excellent.

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