Wednesday, June 23, 2021

COME WITH ME...

The Sunflowers 
by 
Mary Oliver
Come with me
into the field of sunflowers.
Their faces are burnished disks,
their dry spines
creak like ship masts,
their green leaves,
so heavy and many,
fill all day with the sticky
sugars of the sun.
Come with me
to visit the sunflowers,
they are shy
but want to be friends;
they have wonderful stories
of when they were young -
the important weather,
the wandering crows.
Don't be afraid
to ask them questions!
Their bright faces,
which follow the sun,
will listen, and all
those rows of seeds -
each one a new life!
hope for a deeper acquaintance;
each of them, though it stands
in a crowd of many,
like a separate universe,
is lonely, the long work
of turning their lives
into a celebration
is not easy. 
Come and let us talk with 
those modest faces,
the simple garments of leaves,
the coarse roots in the earth
so uprightly burning.



Thanks for looking and have a great day!







40 comments:

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    1. Muito obrigado. Também envio um abraço e um desejo de uma boa semana contínua :)

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  2. Pretty poem, I love sunflowers! Take care, have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, so glad you enjoyed. You take care and have a happy day also :)

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  3. I do love sunflowers but never had the room to grow them.

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    1. I have never grown them Margaret. These were taken in a field when we were driving through Maryland :)

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  4. Perfect poem for all these withering, but beautiful, sunflower photos.

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    1. Thanks Linda, looks like the heat was getting to them too :)

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  5. Denise, These photos reminded me of the sunflowers we grew in our VA garden. Thanks for evoking a memory today.

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    1. That's lovely Dorothy, glad it brought back a good memory :)

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  6. Stunning photos and beautiful words.

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  7. These are totally amazing photos! Awesome in fact

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  8. I love Mary Oliver. This poem is perfect and the photos are terrific.

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    1. Me too Jeanie, she is one of my favorites :)

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  9. I love sunflowers - cheery face to see - love the poem!

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    1. Thank you Carol, sunflowers are cheery aren't they? :)

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  10. My goodness -perfect prose for the perfect wildflower!! Beautiful in every way.

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    1. Thank you Annie, so glad you enjoyed them :)

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  11. Beautiful poem and wonderful sunflowers.
    The photos are amazing.
    All the best

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    1. Thank you Maria :) and all the best to you too.

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  12. I do like sunflowers.
    Many thanks for sharing these photographs and lovely words.

    All the best Jan

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    1. You are very welcome Jan, so glad you enjoyed. All the best to you too :)

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  13. Great photos and genius pairing with a Mary Oliver poem.

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    1. Always appreciate your kind words Yogi, thank you :)

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  14. Ahhh..Mary Oliver and sunflowers--so perfect. What a gorgeous display of those happy faces!

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    1. Thank you Martha, happy you enjoyed them. A little early for sunflowers but looking forward to seeing them again soon :) These were taken quite a while ago.

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  15. We won't see them until summer's end.

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  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this poem! It is one of the best I have ever read!!!

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    1. That's great Ginny, it makes me happy that you liked it so much :)

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  17. Truly thank you!! I love your words and I love the sunflower pictures!! You have made my day! Big Hugs!

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    1. So happy you feel that way MLC :) and you are very welcome! Big hugs from me too xo.

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