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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Milkweed

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The Milkweed

Anonymous as cherubs
Over the crib of God,
White seeds are floating
Out of my burst pod.

What power had I
Before I learned to yield?
Shatter me, great wind:
I shall possess the field.

~ Richard Wilbur

Walking through the forest preserve earlier this week, I spotted several milkweed pods that had begun to crack open and spill their silky white seeds onto the breeze.  The sight reminded me of this poem that I found in a book last year (I'm sorry, I don't remember which book it was!), then copied down because I loved it so much.  What a powerful message in those last two lines....

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