A red balloon tickles childhood fantasies,
floats within Long Meadow's embrace
of grand oaks and stately elms,
whispers "anything is possible".
White-throated sparrows serenade with age-old song,
thrushes industriously scratch leaf litter,
ravens wing their way over Payne Hill.
Exuberant fingers point, youthful laughter explodes,
and Olmsted's vision is realized.
by Margaret Bednar, July 10, 2015
I remember crying when I was about 7 years old over a balloon I had "befriended" for days and then seeing this short film in middle school years later. The impression of this film has never left me.
I have been gone for over a week visiting my son in Brooklyn. I thoroughly enjoy Prospect Park and am quite smitten with its creator, Frederick Law Olmsted. Purchased a six volume set of his letters and it is quite a walk through the history of his time. He was a man of many passions, the most known his "foresight of how large American cities would become and his designs for parks and suburbs to enhance the lives of their future inhabitants" (Central Park perhaps being his most famous - but arguably not his greatest achievement) Niagara Falls, Capital Building, Boston's "Emerald Necklace" and so much more. He was a journalist for the budding "New York (daily) Times and traveled to the South and became a leading writer against the institution of slavery in America.
PBS has an excellent series on him - Designing America - if you are so inclined to search it out.
This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - The Edge - what will we never outgrow?" I hope I never outgrow a childlike wonder for nature and a belief that anything is possible.
An interesting article HERE, with an excerpt I snatched below. It explains the title "Greensward" a bit.