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golden sunflowers inside

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I didn’t have much luck with sunflowers last summer – I planted a whole packet in the corn bed but only three came all the way up and one of those got blown over and snapped in a storm.

Still, the two that made it were glorious in the way that sunflowers are.

There’s nothing like a sunflower to be a measure of spring/summer/autumn…green and growing up, up, up all through spring and most of summer….then finally the flower head opens and never fails to impress – such a heavy head, such a strong stalk…then you know autumn is here when the petals fall and the seeds start to dry on the head.

Sunflower’s point-of-view…chasing that sun:

A bee visits:

I love Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Sunflower Sutra’ (I nearly chose this excerpt to go at the front of my book, but then I changed my mind at the last minute and felt the other one summed up the book more) – if you care to, you can read the whole thing HERE, there are also great clips on youtube of Allen Ginsberg reading the poem, otherwise here is my favourite part of the poem, which I repeat to myself like a mantra in challenging times:

‘We’re not our skin of grime, we’re not our dread

bleak dusty imageless locomotive, we’re all

beautiful golden sunflowers inside, we’re blessed

by our own seed & golden hairy naked

accomplishment.’

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2 thoughts on “golden sunflowers inside

  1. Wow – just checked out the poem and it blew me away. Fortunately J gave me a copy of Howl months ago and I still haven’t got around to reading it. But I will now.

  2. Yay! Yes, a lot of it hasn’t aged well, such a product of the times! but still beautiful and urgent and compelling. x H

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