Sunflowers crowd the driveway
their big round faces

gawking incredulity
like children grown too tall too fast.

Seeded in March to become in August
the reminders of a memory, top heavy

now they stand for one who loved them
specially, who gave them meanings—

“leave some for the birds,” and
“this good oil will heal,” and
“Fermat’s spiral is a golden ratio,” and
“always seek the light”—

who herself became, too far, too fast
a memory. ย Too soon the after of before.

Sunflowers in the driveway cannot know
they mean all that, and more. ย Much more.

21 responses »

  1. I give out smiles readily – many smile back, others stare, some ignore. But once in a while, I make someone’s day. I don’t know who. We, potential sunflowers, all – and we most times don’t know that we can be more — much more

    • I found you via John Stevens’ blog, and liked what I read….so here we are. Thank you for following up. I look forward to future sharings. By the way, I am also a pianist (amateur) and loved your “After August” composition….

      • That’s very kind! Thank you! Ever consider sharing your playing? I know couple of other poet bloggers who sometimes share their music as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ To me, the two often go hand-in-hand.

  2. This is absolutely beautiful! I have visited you as a result of your liking my latest post, because I imagined you would have posted since I came across you a few weeks ago. I am folliwing your blog and yet have received no notifications in my inbox! Silly WordPress! I will keep checking and maybe I will try subscribing again and see if that solves the problem. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m thankful for those sunflowers in the driveway. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for letting me know about this poem. Happy to be able to read it.

    • They will always be special to me. I know you love them too, for your own reasons….what’s not to love about their big, bold selves! Thanks for stopping by to read, Sweetie… really are a sweetie!

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