Blake's Sunflower

Elizabeth Smart

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Why did Blake say
'Sunflower weary of time'?
Every time I see them
they seem to say
Now! with a crash
of cymbals!
Very pleased
and positive
and absolutely delighting
in their own round brightness.

Sorry, Blake!
Now I see what you mean.
Storms and frost have battered
their bright delight
and though they are still upright
nothing could say dejection
more than their weary
hanging heads.

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  • beatrizskeats

    Elizabeth Smart really encapsulates the essence of sunflowers in this piece. I remember reading this gem a long time ago and it has always stuck with me. The way the author bridges the gap between youthful vigor and weathered wisdom is simply stunning. I love how she effortlessly illustrates the passage of time and human nature through the life of a sunflower. Such a beautifully profound piece.