The Key and the Garden

The Key and the Garden - image shows an old brick wall with an open door, revealing a well-kept, elaborate garden with green bushes and a gravel path running through it.
Image credit; Mick Haupt Unsplash
An old brick wall stood behind the house
Time attempted to bring it down,
Bit by bit, cracking here and there

A weathered and gray wooden door 
Donned a lock awaiting its key

The key eventually found a sad, but curious girl
And entrusted itself into her hand
She united the key with its lock and opened the door
A magnificent garden revealed itself from the other side

She ran to tell her mum
And share this beauty with her
But when her mum gazed through the doorway
Nothing but briars and thickets were seen 

The magic of the garden was for the little girl only
But she never knew why
She kept this treasure in her heart
And held to this gift over the years

Whenever she was sad and the woes of life caused her light to fade,
She would return to the garden beyond the stone wall
Drinking in the beauty and peace held therein

Years later, she left the key in an old desk drawer to await another
Whose life was in need of a light

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

This post was written in response to Sadje’s What do you see # 158- October 31, 2022. Please visit her page to participate and/or read other responses.

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Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

13 thoughts on “The Key and the Garden

  1. I love this one so much. The key of imagination allows children to travel to lands we can’t see. I discovered when my kids were little if I paid extra special attention I could see it again, but only as a shimmer. Magic really belongs to them.

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