Como Conservatory


Como Conservatory

(A Minute Poem)



At Como Conservatory

Nature’s glory

Within and out

Beauty’s about

Surrounding parkland greets the eye

Brings forth a sigh

Color galore

Lets spirits soar

A tiny taste of what’s inside

Where treasures hide

Cherished jewel

Where colors rule


Author Notes

The Como Park Conservatory, named after Marjorie McNeeley, is a true gem of St. Paul. The grounds around it contain several lovely garden spots. I took this photograph from across the street.  Around it are some floating gardens. Inside are several beautiful rooms of ferns and flowers that include fountains and sunken gardens.

This poem is a Minute Poem.

The Minute Poem is a poem that follows the “8,4,4,4” syllable count structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that are exactly the same. So: 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables.  A traditional Minute Poem has 12 lines total. It has 60 syllables (Thus, the Minute).

It is written in a strict iambic meter. I couldn’t quite get it there. This one is tetrameter on the 8 count lines.  The usual rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff. 

The picture was taken by the author himself.

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