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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Crumbs are for the Birds

The poet, Mary Oliver weaves a crisp but reflective line in her most recent book of prose, ‘The Swan’ when she eloquently writes, “Joy is not meant to be a crumb.” Yikes, think about it. For everyone that woke up this morning complaining about the weather or something pretty insignificant, remember there is so much in the landscape to appreciate, even if you are reluctant to dig in the dirt. Those less enthusiastic gardening folks can still glimpse at this photo below with masses of dandelions growing freely between the rows of grape vines and spot a hint of cheerfulness.

So think twice before buckling your complaint belt on this morning. Reflect on how many times we grumble about these problematic weeds and better yet, make desperate attempts to snuff them out with chemicals. If left to its own carpeted beauty, these dandelions can offer bright cheer and joy even on damp, dark days. Remember, “Joy is not meant to be a crumb.”

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Image of dandelions by Greg Bilowz
Bird and swan images from the Internet

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Sorry, Mary Oliver. I misquoted you. “Joy is not made to be a crumb.” I stand corrected.

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