The challenge set by Kim is to write a poem about a garden. It can be a real garden (yours or someone else’s), a fantasy garden, a fictional garden, such as The Secret Garden, the garden of live flowers in Through the Looking Glass or the garden in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a biblical or historical garden, for example the Garden of Eden or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  All you have to do is take us there – and you don’t have to buy it!

I’m going with a Haibun because it suits my material.

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Eight days we walked and talked across this Celtic land. We three. We three and a dog. Eight days we strolled for the Bees. Eight days in a Beeline. Eight days a week! A human beeline making an observation. Gardens did we  see a plenty. Herbs and botanical wonders, arboretum and wild flowers creating their own wilderness displays. Mosses and ferns and lichens in the gardens of life, wild and uninhibited you would think. But there is potential danger everywhere to the gardens and to the bees. To nature itself. Neonicotinoids and glyphosates. High yields. Pursuit of profits. Aggro-chemical company concerns. But are they concerned with what is true?

I want to stay here

with natures organic way

in johnny’s garden

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Let’s Make Beeline was a charitable event involving a walk via a number of Bee friendly Gardens by a small group of folk ( Your Author included) and a Collie dog in the not too distant past.

You can read all about our adventures and see some lovely garden photos too at the  blog linked.


Feature Photo by Henry Diltz

Left to right: Peter Sellers, Johnny and Stephen Stills at Elstead in Surrey.





17 thoughts on “Beeliners

  1. Vijita says:

    I like the way you explained the issues in your write up and made use of just “organic” to make the wonderfully striking contrast in your haiku. A well written haibun in concern with endangering flora and fauna, on a broader scale 🙂

  2. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    love the meandering garden walk and the opening lines especially. If only we could just enjoy the long walks without heed for an environment we have all destroyed one way or another

    • paulscribbles says:

      I do enjoy my walks always even though I am mindful of the ‘situation’ with regards to the climate but I guess this walk was more than just a walk. This was filled with agenda 😉

  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Beautifully written. And good on you or doing something for the bees. I think it’s vitally important that we all do what we can.

  4. kim881 says:

    I really enjoyed your haibun, Paul, for many reasons: the Celtic background; the fact that you were three humans and a dog on an eight-day mission; the ecological importance of bees; and the different types of garden with mosses, ferns and lichens – I love those natural plants and, my favourites, trees!
    I’ve just got back from a short trip to Wroclaw in Poland, where we visited a botanical garden that is cared for so tenderly and wonderfully by its gardeners. It’s in a city, there is no rubbish, everything is well labelled, pruned, tended and there is no vandalism. And, like the city, there are gnomes, statues and carvings throughout.
    Where I live in Norfolk, we have a local garden with an arboretum and a fantastic display of rhododendrons in the spring – in Poland the rhododendrons already have buds on them!

    • paulscribbles says:

      So happy you enjoyed my Haibun Kim and your Polish trip sounds wonderful. Gardens everywhere, especially cities, are what is required to help the bees flourish again. Fingers crossed.

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