Wonder – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors

Door from the Cathedral Garden to the Deanery garden, Christ Church College, Oxford – Image credit: chch.ox.ac.uk

open to wonder

literature peeks through a

rabbit keyhole


This small green door is the entrance from the Cathedral garden Christ Church College, University of Oxford, England. The door leads into a private garden alcove, The Dean’s Garden (The Deanery).

Trivia: It is believed that this door was the inspiration for the forbidden door in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll apparently wrote the story inspired by ten-year-old Alice Liddell, daughter of the then Dean of the college. Carroll reportedly wrote the story and gave it to the young Alice as a Christmas present. Carroll was later encouraged by friends to expand the work with illustrations into the renowned version readers know today.

Extra trivia: In addition to its legendary Alice in Wonderland connection outdoors, Christ Church College, Oxford is famous for its magical interior great hall, and grand staircase used as filming locations for the original Harry Potter movie.


Opened door into the garden:

Image credit: chch.ox.ac.uk

Inside the opened door on the other side:

Image credit: oxfordmail

Written for #Thursday Doors – Dan Antion @ No Facilities

Published by Suzette Benjamin

Positive thinker, inspirational, writer, faith

57 thoughts on “Wonder – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors

  1. I also remember these green doors in a different way.
    They framed the entrance to all the afdakkies (shacks) built along a road called Church Street. πŸ˜‚
    Walking down that road one was always engulfed by an aura of story. And these doors remained an enigma.

    Now the Poet comes to unlock the enigma behind these doors and their beginning.

    Through a sense of wonder, – gardens, doors, chapels and bells – the church captured hearts.

    Adorable how you presented Alice and her rabbit hole.

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    1. Wow! I did not know that…similar door replicated and countries apart on a street named “Church Street” amazing.!! Mind-blowing connection. Thank you for this precious gem of information.
      Life is so connected beyond what seems apparent on the surface of things…eh.

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the brief allusion to one of literature’s enduring legends.

      Blessings to you this day. May peace be with you, be before you, and encamped around you. Cheers.

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      1. Yes, these designs travelled from one continent to the next and only years later especially now with the new reading technology one can moreso make these mind-blowing connections.
        Thank you for sharing the background information.

        Yes a well crafted connection. I wish I knew how you do that πŸ™‚πŸ˜Š

        Peace and much blessings to you too.
        Thank you, I embrace the blessing wholeheartedly πŸ™πŸΌ.

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      2. Lol, yes…this is your prerogative as a Poet, we the reader must live with it 😊… divine muse, shrouded in mystery is a lovely name.

        You are most welcome😊

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  2. There’s certainly a feeling the perhaps something magical is on the other side of that door. I didn’t know that about the filming of the Harry Potter movie and I enjoyed your additional two shots.


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