A Chinese Garden

A Chinese Garden

A Poem by Ken e Bujold

"based on true story, place"

I once spent an afternoon wading through 
a Chinese garden
turtles until I lost track 
of exactly how many fingers and 
toes I’d been alloted. 

She seemed more interested in the varieties 
of soup, how 
the shells reminded her of bowls, 
jade porcelain
each filled with the promise of
some peculiar flavor
I’d never attempted before.  

If all of us went there
again, looking 
to see 
what had become of all the little snappers, 

we’d find the garden
overrun by Ottos. 
The gardener tells me people 
Shih Tzus to 

so they sold paradise, 
put in a doggies park.

Ken e Bujold

© 2023 Ken e Bujold

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Perhaps we are warm blood chauvinists.

Posted 1 Week Ago

Wow, I read this knowing because of your note it was a true story and that is pretty wild. I don't think I have ever seen a garden like that, dog parks yes, but the other one...That's what I like about your poetry my friend, it is always a new experience.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

This is such an exotic yet very relatable scenario you have presented Ken. Great Joni reference as well. I guess dog parks are much better than parking lots, but the little turtles become collateral damage of progress and change. Great narrative, concise, free style and authenticity. Food for thought as well… Excellent write. My dog concurs :))

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Ken e Bujold

2 Weeks Ago

thanks Annette. and it is a true story
I think it was a bad choice to replace that garden with a doggies park. Too many turtles there for it to have ended well for all of them and its sad to think that quite a few of them were killed to make way from something so much more common, mundane and certainly noisier. You said it beautifully here Ken, paradise sold.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


2 Weeks Ago

They have very little space and yet are the richest nation of Asia so they must want to do a lot of .. read more
Ken e Bujold

2 Weeks Ago

Sing is a great place to visit. Clean, safe, fantastic food, marvelous architecture and cultural sig.. read more

2 Weeks Ago

You're so lucky to have that city as your 2nd home. Its an amazing place.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone?

Channeling Joni Mitchell and JA I see. Quite a nice ride. I like them both. And you, of course. This is mostly you.


Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Ken e Bujold

2 Weeks Ago

this is based on a true story. Long ago Muse and I where killing a day in Sing and went to a Chinese.. read more

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Added on January 25, 2023
Last Updated on January 25, 2023


Ken e Bujold
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