I walked slowly, and listened

After the rain, I went back into the field of sunflowers.
It was cool, and I was anything but drowsy.
I walked slowly, and listened

to the crazy roots, in the drenched earth, laughing and growing.

~Mary Oliver, from “Sometimes” in Red Bird: Poems



  1. Simply beautiful words.

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  2. Such sensitivity….

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  3. Sunflowers are so healing!

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  4. Oliver always brings me back to center….

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  5. and how lovely they were

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  6. Everybody loves sunflowers. I love them even more for the fact of them facing towards the sun – I’v seen it, on my trips through Southern France….. And this Mary Oliver! Aaah

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Sunflowers are beyond beautiful … ‘I walked slowly, and listened to the crazy roots, in the drenched earth, laughing and growing.’

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  8. Ah, can the lazy, hazy days of summer be far off?

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  9. Smiling … there’s a lot of crazy roots activity right now 💛

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  10. Mary Oliver is the bees knees. You too David.

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  11. Awwww, thank you Ilona.


  12. Yes, yes, and YES. So very lucky when I went to Tuscany… there was one field that unexplainedly still had sunflowers while all the others were drooped over, finished for the season. Felt so other-worldly and I felt so blessed… Like the field was there just for me (ok, ok…and the group I was with…)

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  13. stephaniekblackwoodgmailcom says:

    Dave, today’s post was a perfect birthday gift: sunflowers for the Kansan, wrapped in Mary Oliver. Thank you.

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