Sun-shaped and little gem,
That the trees around were tall;
Where the winds were utterly excluded,
And the air was sweet and sultry
In the breath of flowers,—
There we bowed down in the fire,
As righteous worship of the sun is,
To choose where no one could miss them
For even if the grass was scattered,
Seemed to be edged with colored wings,
It colored the atmosphere.
We raised a simple prayer
Than in the general shearing
This place could be forgotten;
Or if they are not all so favored,
Obtain such grace of hours,
That no one should mow the grass there
So what if confused with the flowers.
This poem by Robert Frost was first published in 1915 in the book “A Boy’s Will” (Henry Holt and Co.), and is in the public domain.
There’s a lot to be confused about these days between so much news, so much activity, so much to distract. Even so many good books to read. But there can never be too much of certain things. thousand orchids is not too much, the sweet air is never too sweet, the summer trees are never too green. Beauty has a healing and integrating power that can change our experience of the moment, and even our relationship to crisis and challenge, if we are able to stop, see and feel.
We can even sometimes feel overwhelmed by beauty, or unable to absorb it if our inner state is not able to match what is in front of us. We’ve all had times like this. But the beauty is still there, waiting when we are able to see again, when we are able to step forward to meet it.
There can never be too much of anything Frost talks about, and no moment can be too short to raise, as he says, a simple prayer to help us truly see and protect, as much as we can, our grasslands. to a thousand flowers or at the very end. at least, let’s honor them in silence, especially if we happen to be lucky enough to be so mistaken for flowers.
Susan Jefts is a poet and editor from the Adirondacks and Vermont, whose poems have been published in numerous journals, local and national. She leads workshops using poetry to deepen our experiences in nature, and what we find sacre.
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