Garden of Romance
MAGNOLIA PLANTATION & GARDENS
GARDEN OF ROMANCE POETRY CONTEST

On Blackwater
Brian Slusher, Greenville, S.C.

When you go to Magnolia, when
You travel bright-eyed and smiling
Surely the sun will pour down gold
And the wild birds sing.

And as you walk paths, all winding
Past profusions of fragrant blooms,
Your wandering eye feasting wide
At delicious noon

On banquets of blonde daffodils
Crimson amaryllis, jasmine
Creamy and white as wedding cake
And sweeter than

Remember as you roam dreaming
Through foxglove and honeysuckle
This meandering way will end soon
And birdsong lull

When you come to the blackwater,
Stained dark by cypress and gum tree
And you look into that dim swamp
And you look deep

Into that ebony mirror
Seeing your thoughtful, lined face there
Then the surface gently ripples
And you disappear.