Poetry Friday:Thinking of Flowers by Jane Kenyon

The Poetry Friday round up is at  Tricia’s blog, The Miss Rumphius Effect.


Bleak February is here, and everywhere is tapestry of brown and grey.  The snow from last week’s storm has just about melted away, but the forecast for tomorrow morning is…snow.  Ugh.  I believe the time has come to think Spring.

I’ve been looking through seed catalogues and gardening books, trying to plan a garden at our farm.  I’m thinking peonies and delphiniums, some lavender and definitely some hydrangeas.  Every seed catalogue promises and entices…and I’d much rather be thinking flowers, than thinking February.

February: Thinking of Flowers by Jane Kenyon

Now wind torments the field,
turning the white surface back
on itself, back and back on itself,
like an animal licking a wound.

Nothing but white–the air, the light;
only one brown milkweed pod
bobbing in the gully, smallest
brown boat on the immense tide.

A single green sprouting thing
would restore me. . . .

Then think of the tall delphinium,
swaying, or the bee when it comes
to the tongue of the burgundy lily.


12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday:Thinking of Flowers by Jane Kenyon

  1. Thanks for introducing me to Jane Kenyon’s poem. Such powerful imagery here! “Like an animal licking a wound”—hmmm, wonder how she really feels about February? And then “or the bee when it comes to the tongue of the burgundy lily” I love that line! On this February day I am content to be reading beautiful poems surrounded by the snow-frosted remnants of my garden.

  2. Tara, you intrigued me with your seed catalogue shopping. Peonies are so magnificent in a garden. Happy planning. Today, the snow came fast and furiously again and knocked down one of our branches on my old tree.

  3. The description in this poem is how I imagine your experience of February, that layering of white on white. Spring will come soon and we will rejoice in the songs of birds and blooming of flowers. One thing is for sure. Seasons.

  4. Tara, I wish you could send a little snow to the midwest, Ohio. However, I love the line about a little green sprout restoring me – it’s so true. I am already seeing green sprouts which is not usual and I worry if they’ll make it.

  5. Hi there Tara, it’s been a rainy two days here in Singapore too – but never really bleak nor gray, the sun peeks out every once in awhile. And so I send you love and light today! Hope it reaches you!

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