Sunflower Celebration in Blank Verse*
She walks along the dampened garden path
To gather flowers for the entrance room.
The morning sun shines softly on the hill
Where grass still glistens from the heavy dew.
On ordinary days, the garden walk
Would calm her mind like gentle summer winds,
But on this day her thoughts are soaring high
Considering the guest to grace her home.
Her thoughts are set on welcoming her friend
Returning after years of work abroad.
That sweet connection latent in her heart
Now wakens with the thoughts of friendships past.
Shared memories would be the common ground,
Yet even in their separate stories from
The years apart, the glad communion would
Remain to forge new days of caring trust.
So now her eyes behold the yellow blooms
That call out beauty, friendship, life and peace.
She chooses boldly – nothing subtle here –
A lively brightness in a single vase.
Image: "Sunflowers" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Artist: Claude Monet (French,1840–1926)
Medium: Oil on canvas
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