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Friday, March 4, 2011

Thanks to Flowers

(The Flower Seller by Diego Rivera, 1886-1957, Mexican
painter and muralist)

Among the good books to be found in the library there are many to help readers enjoy and understand poetry. One such volume is Sleeping on the Wing: An Anthology of Modern Poetry with Essays on Reading and Writing by Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell, the poet below. The two writers discuss the works of twenty-three American poets published since the mid-nineteenth century and give useful advice to aspiring poets.


Not only the cultivated ones in parks
and gardens, unfolding immaculate petals
on a terrace or trellis, and not just
the wild ones, kissed by elegant birds
in jungle foliage, or brightening roadsides
and meadows, blossoming anyplace that anything
can blossom, but thanks also to flowers
blooming in paintings, on carpets, pottery,
fabrics of dresses and draperies or wherever
the real or invented colors and shapes
of flowers lift the mood of a scene,
as they are snipped from bushes, gathered
in cordless bunches, tied in ribbons
or arranged in rare bouquets for precious vases.
Perfect by nature for gift and centerpiece,
they perfume ballrooms, backyards and prairies,
and, indoors or out the window, they gladden
celebrations and refresh every country
and season, for, even in iciest winter.
The word flower thrives in every language,
adorning what everyone says and imagines
with the beautiful thought of flowers
which teach by timeless example
that life goes by anyway; you might as well

~ Kate Farrell, born 1946, American poet

1 comment:

Julia Cates said...

Very nice poem.
Thanks for share.
Wedding Song