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Mary Oliver’s Sunflowers

imwalking

New Member
No Camino this new year, but I’m savouring the memories with this glorious poem by Mary Oliver.

Come with me
Into the field of sunflowers.
Their fields 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 adraid
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.
 
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valeriekelly

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
No Camino this new year, but I’m savouring the memories with this glorious poem by Mary Oliver.

Come with me
Into the field of sunflowers.
Their fields 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 adraid
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.
Oh I love this!! In fact I just posted a Mary Oliver poem called The Journey just a few minutes ago to a thread. Isn’t her poetry beautifully phenomenal?! Burn Camino!
 
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Not exactly burn camino, but your recent posts are so enthusiastic, Valerie, I have no doubt in your first few days you will burn the camino in your excitement to get there! Indeed, getting to the point, I loved your post with Mary Oliver’s poem. When you make it to Dublin, let me know. We can have that chat about the Countess!
 

valeriekelly

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
I certainly will! I have several cousins in Dublin, and one who will be walking the Bray to St. James Gate Irish Camino with me. My parents grew up in Clontarf and every time I come to Ireland I spend time there.
 

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