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Poetry Friday: Marigolds by Robert Graves

May 30th, 2014 (06:00 am)
quixotic

Current Mood: quixotic
Current Song: It's Always the Quiet Ones by Paris Carney

With a fork drive Nature out,
She will ever yet return;
Hedge the flowerbed all about,
Pull or stab or cut or burn,
She will ever yet return.

Look: the constant marigold
Springs again from hidden roots.
Baffled gardener, you behold
New beginnings and new shoots
Spring again from hidden roots.
Pull or stab or cut or burn,
They will ever yet return.

Gardener, cursing at the weed,
Ere you curse it further, say:
Who but you planted the seed
In my fertile heart, one day?
Ere you curse me further, say!
New beginnings and new shoots
Spring again from hidden roots.
Pull or stab or cut or burn,
Love must ever yet return.

- Marigolds by Robert Graves

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Posted by: dmayr (dmayr)
Posted at: May 30th, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)

A thought-provoking and timely (planting season) poem for today!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 30th, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)

Such pretty flowers.

Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: May 31st, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)

I'm thinking Graves' marigolds are our dandelions!

We had our last Environmental Club meeting on Thursday. Many of the seeds the students planted in the land lab the week before (giant sunflowers, watermelon, pumpkins, birdhouse gourds) had sprouted, and the kids were suitably amazed at the miracle of life. As we walked to the community garden, to plant tomato seedlings, we reminisced about the long hard winter and gloried in all of the GREEN. Love must ever return. Life will push through and grow, no matter what.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 31st, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)

What a great experience for all ages!

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