Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Do You Love This World?

The peonies in our snow covered garden are a long way off.  But here, this one from a flower shop nearby, one I have been visiting often of late.  Buying oneself flowers in the dregs of winter - now that is a calm thing.

Have you read Mary Oliver's poem, called "Peonies"?

Here is the full poem, and here is an excerpt:

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?


  1. Thank you for sharing this oh sweet poem and the softness of the pink blossom, I have not read much Mary Oliver but this makes me want to explore more. Now off to check out your book!

  2. Ahh, thanks Suvarna! lovely of you. : )

  3. I answered all the poem's questions with "I do". Thanks for reminding me of this. Lovely pic, lovely thoughts. Off to buy flowers....


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