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PoemInYourPocketDay: The Sunflowers by Mary Oliver

The Sunflowers Mary Oliver


  1. Jennie Fitzkee


  2. Deborah Brasket

    Love this! Mary Oliver’s poetry always cheers my days.

  3. Andy

    Great poem. Can I offer
    The sunflower/grows alone/and tall/attaining a dominance/and a penchant/for flattery

    • laura bruno lilly

      But of course, Andy, pen-on…
      I noticed the cool photo on your latest post that seems related to this so here’s the link for anyone interested!

      • Andy

        Thanks for that. I’ve had that photo, meaning to post it, and your post here reminded me to.
        Those lines that I have shared here I wrote when about nineteen, they made it into my Heading North.

        • laura bruno lilly

          Just looked it up in my copy – yep, it’s there!


    FOOD CHAIN (something I wrote to schew on)

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh the Bard strikes again! You’re the best, Joe.

  5. Jane Chesebrough

    “All those rows of seeds-each one a new life.” That inspired a sense of “awe” in me! Have an enjoyable day, Laura.

    • laura bruno lilly

      That visual is so rich/ripe/full, isn’t it?

  6. Mary J Puckett

    Nice poem! I never heard of “poem in your pocket day” but it seems like a good idea 🙂

  7. Ally Bean

    “turning their lives into celebrations is not easy”
    This line struck me with its timeliness. It may not be easy, especially with Covid-19, but it is worth the effort to turn your life into a celebration. Or so I believe.

  8. Mariss Stevens

    the long work / of turning [life] / into a celebration / is not easy
    [but oh so worthwhile]
    Thank you Laura for reminding me of my intention to read more of Mary Oliver. What a remarkable poet and essayist

    • laura bruno lilly

      – sigh – you’re most welcome, Mariss.

  9. Laura

    There are sunflower growers in my area, and nothing stops the highway traffic like these fields in full bloom! So many people were pulling off the highway to romp in the fields and take photos, that the growers have had to fence off the fields. Nothing cheers the soul like these wonderful flowers!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Fields of Sunflowers…the image is quite freeing.
      I’d ‘romp’ with respect – the urge would be too strong to resist!

  10. L. Marie

    Part of my comment vanished. The last line was: Do tell what made you choose this particular poem, Laura.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I felt an affinity with the Sunflowers…

  11. L. Marie

    My goodness! She had a way with words, didn’t she? Every line is a work of art! Thank you for sharing, Laura!

    • laura bruno lilly

      You nailed it, L.Marie, ‘every line is a work of art’

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