Chelsea pensioner celebrates Psalm 23

One of the joys of creating a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is meeting the Chelsea pensioners. Yesterday, we met Chelsea pensioner, Roy Palmer. Today, he presented designer Sarah Eberle with this poem inspired by the Psalm 23 Garden. 

‘At the Chelsea Flower Show, lies a garden, Psalm 23. 
A place for solace and thinking, a place especially for me. 
Today they say, “The word of the Lord has little sway”. 
But the crowds I witness here those words betray.
This garden is created with so much love in mind.
Love from the Lord above, love of a different kind. 
The Lord is my Shepherd, here these words ring true. 
The green pastures, depicted by this wondrous view.
Here on earth, it is a pleasure to see
That time spent here will be happy and free. 
The plants, trees and water make God’s own earth. 
The wonders of nature which together create rebirth
My beloved wife and son lie in a green burial site. 
A place like this, which the sense delight. 
I wish she were here this garden to see. 
But together in God’s love, she waits for me.’


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