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Hershey Gardens
Kathe L. Palka


(Hershey, PA)

among the roses
a few slow bees

garden lovers
on nearly every bench
a dedication

in the arboretum
hiding among old pines
a young sequoia

chasing each other
in the children’s garden

from a claw-foot tub planter
scent of Alyssum

air so sweet
you can taste it
Hershey Gardens


This poem first appeared in LYNX  (Feb. 2013).
Used here with the author’s permission.






Kathe L. Palka's latest book of free verse is Miracle of the Wine: New and Selected Poems (Grayson Books, 2012). She is a member of the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative and the Haiku Poets of the Garden State. Kathe also writes in the Japanese forms of haiku and tanka and won a Snapshot Press 2011 eChapbook Award for her short tanka collection, As the Years Pass. Her latest book is A Path of Desire, a collection created with Peter Newton in the collaborative form of tan renga. Kathe lives near Flemington, New Jersey, with her husband and their two sons. An avid gardener, she enjoys wandering the parklands of her native state whenever time permits. Learn more about her at, at her Haiku Foundation web page or from her Poet's Profile here on YDP.


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Remember tasting that delicious air.
Posted 10/16/2016 02:55 PM
Kathe This is so well done. I want to taste this sweet air for myself! Thank you.
Posted 10/16/2016 01:56 PM
A delight to wake up with! Thanks,Kathe.
Posted 10/16/2016 06:54 AM
Just beautiful. I can see it all. Thank you for something wonderful to read with an early coffee.
Posted 10/16/2016 03:10 AM

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