August 22, 2009

heaven...



heaven

I lifted my eyes
from where they had carefully been keeping track of my tiny steps
on the perfectly manicured path
where tall trees
with broad shoulders
had stretched out like umbrellas protecting me from the blinding sun
and
suddenly I stopped
with a jolt
like I had just run head first into a transparent wall
~~
catching my breath
I raised my hand to shield my eyes from the unraveling strings of sunshine
dangling from the quilt in the sky
to be blinded instead
by
a field of sunflowers
~~
I stood there
mesmerized
watching
while they danced to a rhythm
I didn't know
~~
they moved with grace
and
strength
bobbing their heads with dignity and pride
even though
their days of dancing are quickly coming to an end
and
I felt sad
~~
so
tomorrow I'm going back to that field
with my head bobbing and my body swaying
and
I'm going to learn the dance
of
the sunflower
*



30 comments:

  1. This is simply beautiful. Makes me realize that life is short..so we better dance when we can. :)

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  2. i want to run through that field of sunflowers... i can see their heads nodding in approval!

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  3. What a beautiful post. Really lovely to see your picture and read your words. what a lovely first post to read! What blogs were made for! Hope you are well!

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  4. Your words are stunning. How wonderful to capture such a feeling of beauty. Great post.

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  5. So insanely beautiful! I would love to find a hillside filled with sunflowers...nothing could be better. Amazing post...I will gaze at it some more now!

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  6. Stunning, Beth! Really? You got to see this? Holy....Holy...Holy!

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  7. So beautiful ! I can imagine how giddy you felt when you saw them ! I hope they grow there every year and you can go back again and again to practice you dance !

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  8. miss u.
    :(

    gorgeous field of flowers. pictures like this make me think of one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite songs. "i hope you're on your rooftop now...in the sun, in the middle of five hundred flowers."

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  9. oh dear ... how I wish I still had my costume from the 4th grade production of tom sawyer ... I was a sunflower and I can still sing the song and could teach you ... "we are little sunflowers, sunny, sunny sunflowers...". I'm sure your production will be fabulous!

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  10. Nice. Very, very nice.

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  11. Your post has inspired me to leave you a little something on my blog...............................

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  12. Beth this was just beautiful. I would love to come across a fiel like that. It would just make you stop. I saw on somebody elses blog, how they follow the sun, so they might face one direction one day and you see all the fronts and later they are all in another direction. I wish I remembered whose blog it was. Enjoy your dance.

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  13. Cinner ... that would be Miss Holly's blog when she treated us to pictures of her garden.

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  14. this is surreal looking...i just really appreciate the image and all it's quality BUT your descriptive verses are what drew me in "dancing to a rhythm I do not know" ~bliss!

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  15. Your pictures and words are always so amazing!!!

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  16. i'll bet those sunflowers will make the best dance partners . . . the very best.

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  17. how enchanting... both the image and the words.

    enjoy your dance!

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  18. beautiful - I found some fields today too. :) dance away sister

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  19. I love your header picture... It's pretty :)

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  20. This made me so happy this morning...

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  21. Beth this is so beautiful. You captured sunflowers perfectly.

    Lisa :)

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  22. WOW! What an amazing field of sunflowers..and so beautifully captured. WOW!

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  23. this is so pretty. i love your words, and i love the photo. gorgeous!

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  24. What a gorgeous place! How lucky for you and us that you found it! I love sunflowers- you described them beautifully!

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  25. omg!! sunflowers are one of my favorite flower...just beautiful!!!
    xo

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  26. wow, beautiful!
    How I hope UK didn't have too much rain that sunflower never actually bloom in radiance as it is in other country.

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  27. such beautiful poetry here. yes. beautiful.

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  28. Did you do it? Did you dance? I bet you did.

    I know you.

    You did.

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  29. Holy moly this is magnificent! Wow, a sea of sun flowers, I wish I could go too!
    I just got caught up on your blog and read all the newest posts, the latest self portrait did make me laugh! thanks, I needed that today!

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth