Today is the summer solstice, the first day of summer. To celebrate this day, which is the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere, we would like to share the poem, “Shall We Offer Flowers?” by Andrew Schelling.
devil’s club, tangled dogtooth
What are the lineages of life?
ground water, radiant heat—
listen, they form the underlying beat
of the watershed,
gifts with no motive the way of the ancients
skyrocket chicory bluestem
few-flowered shooting star
all the paradise you need’s outside your door
the medicine Buddha wears a lapis lazuli headdress
feathers & turquoise beads
can you give thanks with a pinch of
balms salves unguents poisons the mints
Earth puts forth her medicines
one day you’ll need a plant
a certain herb you’ve never met
yellow owl’s clover, prairie smoke
if you bend the yellow florets aside
you open an abyss
To hear Andrew Schelling read his poem aloud, click here.
Image via ecstaticist (flickr)
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