the pink flower, or God knows

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my ears get fooled by neighbors
and all the wrong that i hear
and my feet get sore from foxtails
those insidious small devils

and don’t you ever wonder
i mean, doesn’t it ever get to you
how He is still everywhere
and everything no matter what?

and i almost forgot without
this morning when i left
in a huff that i snapped
one picture of a pink mildness

i looked at it once, and now twice
and on the third time viewing
i finally saw its burnt edges

yet i think it cannot detract
from the multiplication of
sympathies He’s given me
in this very continuous moment

as i look and re-look at earth
in this very important flower
don’t you see a prayer?

don’t you see an instruction
to quiet self, to get out,
without the weight of ego
to be only soft and burning, —
an open-fisted body

::

for Real Toads &after Mary Oliver’s
When the Roses Speak, I Pay Attention

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14 thoughts on “the pink flower, or God knows

  1. in this very important flower
    don’t you see a prayer?

    It is great to be’seeing’ likeness of solace and salvation and having feelings of the peace therein in normal every day matters!

    Hank

  2. Some lovely phrases … a pink mildness … an open-fisted body… I think the beauty of nature is always an occasion for prayers of joy and gratitude.

  3. I like these lines,
    i looked at it once, and now twice
    and on the third time viewing
    i finally saw its burnt edges

    We tend to miss the rough spots that make us human often while being overwhelmed by beauty.
    ..

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