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Toward the Treasure of the Grain   Leave a comment

 Southwestern Prickly Poppy-1891 blogWhite Prickly Poppies Have A Natural Crinked Look (Near a High Desert Highway)– Image by kenne

Without

disdain

for the gifts

of the earth,

the capital’s

abundant curves,

or the purple

initial

of wisdom,

you

taught me

to be an American,

you lifted my eyes

to books,

toward

the treasure

of the grain:

broad poet,

across the

clarity

of the plains,

you made me see

the high mountain

as my guardian.

Out of the subterranean

echo

you collected

everything

for me,

everything that grew,

you gathered the harvest

galloping through the alfalfa,

cut the poppies for me,

followed the rivers

to arrive in the kitchen

by afternoon.

— from Ode to Walt Whitman by Pablo Neruda

Prickly Poppy Poem   2 comments

Southernwestern Pricklypoppy blog IISouthwestern Prickly Poppy — Images by kenne

PRICKLY POPPY HIGHWAY

On a hot scenic highway

In Arizona’s wine countryside

We talk with little to say

Just a relaxing Saturday ride.

 

Rain is long overdue

In the mile-high rolling grassland

Soon we will stop for a brew

Under a slow turning saloon fan.

 

Spring flowers now long gone

Still, one blooms along roadsides

Knowing how to hold on

Becoming our desert road guide.

 

Wrinkled crêpe paper petals

Leaves covered with sharp spines

This prickly poppy can be a devil

Of herbal medicine in this land of wine.

— kenne

Southwestern Prictly Poppy blog

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