Tuesday, January 12, 2021

An Uncrushed Flower

If fate is all boot, and your roots
grow too strong and too deep
to transplant your Self
out its path
(while remaining whole), be
an uncrushed flower.

If society is all storm, and human
decency is the only shield
keeping the world
from being torn
(and turned hopeless),
be the peg that holds and wholes.

If most things have run fast
towards
(certain) fracture,
fight to whole back.

Kintsugi Flower, by A4Lien
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 - for Twiglet #209 (“hung from pegs”), and for Poets and Storytellers United (Weekly Scribblings #52: Something About Mary – where we’re asked to write poetry or prose inspired by Mary Oliver’s “Landscape”, I chose “the most fragile of flowers”).


35 comments:

  1. This is wonderful, Magaly. The use of whole and holds was clever.

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  2. An uncrushed flower is a rare thing, I think, but it's a good goal.

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    1. That's what it is, indeed, a goal.

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    2. I hope everyone who needs it is lucky enough to get there, eventually...

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  3. Beautiful phrase of Oliver's to inspire you – nearly chose that one myself. Love your vision of the uncrushed flower. May we all find the strength for that!

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  4. Composed in the form Mary used so beautifully. A lovely poem ~~I shall hereby be known asc“uncrushed flower leaning on a peg!”

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    1. A fantastic (and very apt) title, my dear Helen!

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  5. You ae an "uncrushable Flower" and fate's boots will never be too big for you to step into and control XXX

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  6. I love the idea of standing up to fate as an uncrushed flower, Magaly! And fate can be such a cruel boot.

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  7. You have certainly done Mary Oliver proud with this lovely poem.

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    1. That's a lovely thing to say, Misky. Thanks very much!

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  8. Marvelous Oliver-esque work, Magaly. I love the word (and concept) play. Salute!

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  9. This is just perfect for how I've felt all last week. Battered, but uncrushed and determined to set down some roots that help others grow.

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    1. And those roots will be extra strong, because they know how hard the world can pull.

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  10. You are an uncrushed flower personified, Magaly, seeming always to find a nugget of hope in a trash heap. Lucky are those of us with whom you share your talent.

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  11. Kintsugi, also known as kintsukuroi, is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique...
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    Wow. Your metaphor is so deeply rooted.
    Luv your words and image for the hope of 2021

    Much💝love

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know you noticed, Gillena. :-)

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  12. I like the idea of not trying to avoid fate if we aren't left whole. Sometimes we need to stick it out and hope we aren't stepped on. Holding still keeps many a flower from the stepping shoe. "If most things have run fast towards (certain) fracture" we should learn from that.

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    1. Taking a moment to think things through is more than often a good idea.

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  13. "If fate is all boot" (fabulous idea) "be an uncrushed flower" that has your name all over it. Uncrushed woman!

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  14. Very powerful write Magaly! I love "uncrushed flower"! Big Hugs!

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  15. It's a hard life, Magaly, so many of us are crushed while still not grown.
    ..

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  16. The key, of course, is "whole." May we all be!

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  17. Excellent (Jules from Twiglets)

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