Shatter me, great wind: I shall possess the field



A Milkweed   

Richard Wilbur, 1921-2017, American







Anonymous as cherubs
Over the crib of God,
White seeds are floating
Out of my burst pod.
What power had I
Before I learned to yield?
Shatter me, great wind:
I shall possess the field






Balloonplant, balloon cotton-bush, bishop’s balls, nailhead, swan plant (Gomphocarpus physocarpus), a form of milkweed.

  Native to southern Africa, widely naturalized in the Piedmont, eastern United States





Swamp milkweed (Asclepia incarnata), Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every Summer






The monarch on forms of butterfly weed (Asclepia ). Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware

Milkweed and butterfly weed are critical for the nutrition of the larvae of the monarch and other species of  butterfly.   













3 thoughts on “Shatter me, great wind: I shall possess the field

  1. Of course, from Wilbur only beauty. And you have matched it visually. Thank you once again.

    1. Yes. That beauty not skin deep but of the experienced and knowing mind and body! Thank you, Susannah.

  2. Last week,late one night,in the garden-At my feet in the dark grass I came upon
    two monarchs mating.Their wings-4 sails, moving ever so slowly,beautifully in unison.
    I didn’t stay. How could I.

    It is a very serious plea,an urgency – if only a requirement- for all who can -to plant milkweed.
    “Since 1990 around a billion Monarch butterflies have vanished.-
    You can purchase seeds of native milkweed from online sites.”

    This past weekend in the wooded Wissahickon I looked very high up to an opening in the green canopy. There were 3 monarchs sailing playfully. I stayed for a long while.

    Monarchs are endangered-their habitats threatened.
    We are responsible for their decline.

    Late last summer clearing brush at the garden’s edge,again unexpectedly,hanging from a
    dry daylily stem,one of the true jewels of our world;a monarch chrysalis.

    Great thanksgiving for these remarkable creatures -these beauties,pollinators,survivors/fliers.
    Millions of Monarchs travel close to 2,500 miles to overwinter in Mexico. Imagine the stamina!
    Thank you Sarah so much for Richard Wilbur’s poignant poem.

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