February 8 ~  Strawberry Fields Lennon in His Own Write

"Let me take you down
'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever."
~ John Lennon/Paul McCartney

John Lennon's Imagine

The Strawberry Field that John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote about in the Beatles 1966 song was a Salvation Army orphanage located in Liverpool, England.

In 1985, a peaceful hillside area of Central Park New York was named Strawberry Fields. The tear-shaped knoll was dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, who had lived and died just across the street in the Dakota Apartments.

"The largest grief," said poet Gloria Frym, "will paint itself into the longest beauty."

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono provided a $1 million endowment as seed money for what she called an "international peace garden" with 161 different plants, one from each nation of the world.

Strawberry Fields features a stunning circular mosaic given by the city of Naples, embedded in the sidewalk where fans leave flowers in remembrance. In black and white Italian marble the word "IMAGINE" is spelled out-- the title of Lennon's poignant song about his dreams for a better world:

"You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one."