Astonished, Sunflowers

Message – Mary Oliver, American poet born 1935

 

My work is loving the world.

Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – equal seekers of sweetness…………

 

 

The Sunflower, Edward Steichen, The Met, NY-1The Sunflower, Edward Steichen, The Met, NY-2

Le Tournesol (the Sunflower), and detail, 1920, tempera and oil on canvas.  Edward Steichen, 1879-1973, American born Luxembourg.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

 

 

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Sunflower, Warrington Community Garden, Philadelphia, 2015

 

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Sunflower, Warrington Community Garden, Philadelphia, 2015

 

 

 

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Sunflower, 1887, oil on canvas, and detail.  Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890, Dutch. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. 

Originally owned by Paul Gauguin who sold it to fund his journey to the South Seas.  There he ordered sunflower seeds for his garden

 

 

 

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A sunflower in autumn.  Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

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Sunflowers, oil on canvas, 1888 or 1889, and detail.  Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890, Dutch.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Christian Street Community Garden, Philadelphia, 2018

 

 

 

 

Message – Mary Oliver, American poet born 1935

 

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Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)

Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every year

 

 

My work is loving the world.

Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – equal seekers of sweetness…………

Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.

Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

 

 

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Swamp sunflower, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every year

 

Are my boots old?  Is my coat torn?

Am I no longer young, and not half -perfect?  Let me keep my mind on what matters,

which is my work,

 

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Swamp sunflower, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every year

 

which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.

The phoebe, the delphinium.

The sheep in the pasture.

 

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Swamp sunflower, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every year

 

 

 

Swamp sunflower, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every year

 

 

Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart and these body-clothes

 

 

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Swamp sunflower, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every year

 

 

a mouth with which to give shouts of joy to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,

telling them all, over and over, how it is that we live forever.

 

 

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Swamp sunflower, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every year

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