The garden of infinite choice

His library is wider than its walls
and taller than the border of its roof,

It has oceans, mountains and paths
leading deeper ever deeper into forests.

It has galaxies and deep space void
were spiders walk on wispy legs.

There are salt and honey, both ambrosia
and toxin, both deceits and facts.

So before you open up its doors
look back with care and the world you leave

See how minuscule an ocean is,
how wee the world, compared to every dream.

In the Garden of Infinite Choice by Jeremy Henderson

Linked up to dVerse Open Link Nights where Linda is serving tonight.

32 responses to “The garden of infinite choice

  1. This is incredibly stunning, Bjorn! Love the painting by Jeremy Henderson 😀 and the juxtaposition of images; “There are salt and honey, both ambrosia and toxin, both deceits and facts. So before you open up its doors look back with care.” 💝 We must make our choices wisely!

  2. The image is so vivid and the colours shimmer, Björn. Did it inspire you or did you write the poem first and look for a suitable illustration? As you can imagine, I’m delighted to read about your librarian again, I’ve missed him and his library. I love that it is so diverse.

  3. Before the media became a 1000 channels, with infinite choices, yes, it was libraries and book stores that were portals to beyond the mundane.

  4. ‘how wee the world, compared to every dream’

    Especially now, while the world is currently a supersized nightmare.
    Well done, BR.

  5. Books widens the perspective of the reader. My favorite lines were “So before you open up its doors
    look back with care and the world you leave
    See how minuscule an ocean is..”

  6. The library, whether brick and mortar or blood and bone, is only as small as that which contain it, oh but the imaginations inspire from within in are vast indeed. This is beautiful.

  7. Some doors must be opened with utmost care and thought — or none at all. The best adventures are often found with an unexpected falling, like Alice.

  8. kaykuala

    See how minuscule an ocean is,
    how wee the world, compared to every dream.

    The reality in life will be most apparent if one is to be more observant.

    Hank

  9. Your title really drew me in. The infinite worlds we have the opportunity to enter through books is a great reminder of the possibilities available to us.
    Your last two lines were my favorite part.

  10. I really luv your closing lines, in this our new normal technology support world. Indeex hiw tiny is an ocean and how wide our span of imagination

    Happy Friday night

    Much💝love

  11. This really resonates with me: how you can lose yourself in a book, which can be both wonderful and perilous. The final lines are fantastic.

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