God's Garden

The notice in question is rivetted to a railing by a patch of grass on a canal bank in central Bristol. I promise you, it's real.

The notice says,
"God's Garden is open today—
No dogs please."'
Now let us pray
For Pekinese,
Alsatians, Spaniels, Grey–
Hounds, these
And every breed, both pet and stray:
Grant them trees
And grass of their own, that they
May do as they please
And have their own notice on display:
"Dogs' Garden is open today—
No gods please."

©David Collins June 2011