A Global garden gathering.
Ireland, once home to a little fragile flora
When only a scatter of seeds
Could make it a beyond the border
Of Blocking glaciers and frozen seas,
A forest of strawberry arbutuses
Stood stalwart by a McGillacuddy stack
Shivering heaths hid creviced like monks
In a limestone Burren crack.
When ice recedes and land heats up
And rocks are clothed in soft moss
Brazen plants from many biomes feel up
To travel and fly the planet across.
Over shower cold Corrib floods
Chilean fire trees dare to dangle and display
Desert Callistemon uncorks a wet red brush,
While murderous sundews pretend to pray.
Araucaria that once slid down modestly
Like llamas on knees on the scree of the Andes
Parade in lifted miniskirts along a Kilkenny
Landlord’s Thomastown broad allees.
Crouching rhododendrons from high Canton
Regrabs the glens of a Connemara Beann.
Skinny Aussie gum trees used to blazing affrays
Stand bough naked, bronzed by a damp Irish haze.
Gunnera’s prickly stalks from water garden banks
Escape to flagellate Achill’s mombretia’d fiery flanks.
Hibernia, once an anchorite in the frozen grasp of winter
Is now a hot garden strumpet where no urge is unhindered!