Monday, August 2, 2010

Rotation

You would not have sensed it coming;

Wouldn't have noticed the tang in the air...



You would have been thinking,

Have someone mow by the roadside--

Those sunflowers, really weeds,

Level them.

Line up the fence posts,

Equidistant.

Have it done by three--

Then on to the next thing.



I have turned away from you so many times,

I am sister to them

When the clouds start to circle.



It seems a random thing,

This destruction;

But perhaps there is the hand of God in it.

When you are gone,

I will lie down by the roadside, among the sunflowers;

They will bend over me like lovers.

I will receive them, and we will say to each other,

"How beautiful you are;

How perfect."



We will care not at all

For plans,

Plotted lines,

Or much of anything besides lazing in the ditches

At the messy, unincorporated edge

Of Eden.

________

16 comments:

Mama Zen said...

I love this.

Lynn said...

The unincorporated side of Eden - that is great. :)

ellen abbott said...

I love those sunflowers.

TALON said...

Like Lynn, "At the messy, unincorporated edge
Of Eden," just jumped out and grabbed me.

Loved it, Shay.

Ily said...

I would love to lie down with the sunflowers for all eternity. Love them and love this poem, amiguita!

emily wierenga said...

they will bend over me like lovers...

i love your poetry.

thank you
for stopping by my place...

Riot Kitty said...

Ditto w/MZ!

Senorita said...

Very touching !

But right now I have the following line from your poem stuck in my head.

"They will bend over me like lovers."

Who are they ? You mean I could have more than one ? Oh you rule !

Patience said...

loved the whole thing, and a beautiful end. I love where i go with your poetry!

Boonsong said...

An enchanting analogy - and sunflowers are my favourite flower too. Thanks for this.

Have a nice day, Boonsong

Mary said...

Beautiful poem...

These lines are especially stunning to me:

"When you are gone,

I will lie down by the roadside, among the sunflowers;

They will bend over me like lovers.

I will receive them, and we will say to each other,

"How beautiful you are;

How perfect."


(and I just sent you an invitation to my blog through blogger)

Mojo said...

Nature will endure long after mankind passes from this realm.

And you are perfect, just the way you are FB. Never let anyone tell you different.

faye said...

Beautiful poetry and the flowers...

Joanna Jenkins said...

Yeah baby! Gorgeous.
xo jj

Cloudia said...

a True Poem.


I salute your genius



Aloha from Honolulu :)

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moondustwriter said...

you stand out like those marvelous flowers in all their glory

beautiful Shay

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