Gone to be Lovely

Onbeing.org is a wonderful site with lots of inspiration and thought provoking articles and podcast interviews. Parker Palmer is a regular contributor. I excerpt a part of a poem that he quoted today.

Camas Lilies
by Lynn Ungar

Consider the lilies of the field,
the blue banks of camas opening
into acres of sky along the road.
Would the longing to lie down
and be washed by that beauty
abate if you knew their usefulness,
how the native ground their bulbs
for flour, how the settlers’ hogs
uprooted them, grunting in gleeful
oblivion as the flowers fell?

And you—what of your rushed
and useful life? Imagine setting it all down—
papers, plans, appointments, everything—
leaving only a note: “Gone
to the fields to be lovely. Be back
when I’m through blooming.”

What a lovely way to think about being – Gone to the fields to be lovely. Be back when I’m done blooming. Wouldn’t it be nice to think of ourselves always as lovely? And then to spend a very, very long time out there blooming!

Clover field

Clover field near Biago in Umbria, Italy

 

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