Flowers—Lines—Ice

Posts tagged “Peonies

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All the softness

All the softness


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A Flower Eater’s Dream

Flower Eater's Dream


Bedraggled Beauties

bedraggled beauties


Garden

Garden


Yes, Mary Oliver… yes.

white peony(Inspired by Mary Oliver’s poem “Peonies”)


SK

SK


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Peonies at night

Peonies 2b


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More Peonies

Peonies


Pink Peony in White

Pink Peony in White

 

Peonies

This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
to break my heart
as the sun rises,
as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers

and they open —
pools of lace,
white and pink —
and all day the black ants climb over them,

boring their deep and mysterious holes
into the curls,
craving the sweet sap,
taking it away

to their dark, underground cities —
and all day
under the shifty wind,
as in a dance to the great wedding,

the flowers bend their bright bodies,
and tip their fragrance to the air,
and rise,
their red stems holding

all that dampness and recklessness
gladly and lightly,
and there it is again —
beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.
Do you love this world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
and softly,
and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?

                                     Mary Oliver

                           (from New and Selected Poems)

 


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In the Gloaming

Gathering of Peonies