In honor of Mary Oliver's outstanding hold on the list, I'd like to share a poem from # 28 on the list, Blue Iris: Poems and Essays [811.54 OLI].
Freshen, the Flowers, She SaidLove those last two lines! And, you can tell Oliver is writing from experience--unless giving the flowers "a bounce upward at the end" is something you have done before, you'd never think of writing a line like that. And, of course, it is a fabulously effective line!
So I put them in the sink, for the cool porcelain
and took out the tattered and cut each stem
on a slant,
trimmed the black and raggy leaves, and set them all--
roses, delphiniums, daisies, iris, lilies,
and more whose names I don't know, in bright new water--
a bounce upward at the end to let them take
their own choice of position, the wheels, the spurs,
the little sheds of the buds. It took, to do this,
perhaps fifteen minutes.
Fifteen minutes of music
with nothing playing.
The Poetry Friday Round-Up for this week is being held at The Boy Reader.