Relearning loveliness

The bud

stands for all things,

even for those things that don’t flower,

for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;

though sometimes it is necessary

to reteach a thing its loveliness,

to put a hand on the brow

of the flower,

and retell it in words and in touch,

it is lovely

until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing

– Galway Kinnell

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden lately, and other people’s gardens too, since I’ve begun a part-time job gardening a couple of days a week. Things are flowering, setting fruit; the world is green. It’s been good to get outside so much, out-of-doors, out of the studio, out of my head. You notice a lot of things, when you’re done on your knees with your hands in the dirt. Like, how life is pretty good, when you’re calm and grounded enough to notice.


One Response

  1. Oh, Anna, I know we don’t really know each other except a little through blogs and email, but I just think you’re the bees knees. Really, the Kinnell excerpt and your beautiful garden photos and your equally lovely prose–reminders of things I need reminding of in multiple ways just now. Thanks. xo

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