The Definition of a Botanical Garden


A colorful trade fair of installed contrasting exhibitions:

cherry blossoms and elephant palms

like a National Geographic flipbook from the locale’s gift shop

on “the path,” viewed from a bench with instructions on “how to meditate”

thoughts and ideas and meaningful symbols,

floral inspiration that the red, red rose gardens had invoked

on this very spot,

before roses were unpopular or used mostly for fine parades,

before they were relocated to the groundskeepers’ shady shed garden;

to meditate, as if Charles Dickens illustrated the beauty

found between Space Mountain and Indiana Jones.


Ethan Scapelatti


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