Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Sister Sunflowers” by Jolene Moseman. The poet is retired and lives in Nebraska where she now has more time for reading, writing, and genealogy. Her poetry has appeared in: The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets, The Metropolitan, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Plainsongs, and other publications.
They’re the giant variety
With large yellow dinner plate
Sized flowers swaying side by side
In the murmur of the bees
Like a reunion of matronly aunts
With long necks and puffs of curls
Sticking out from under their floppy hats
They smile showing crooked teeth
Laughing at some joke
One has told, their grinning
Cheeks shine in the summer heat
The wind uplifts their blousy skirts
And carries the sound of their voices
As they speak wistfully for rain or
For the ability to walk the dusty path
To the pond and bathe in its cool water
Poet’s Notes: At the end of my road a neighbor grows a large garden every summer with a row of tall sunflowers toward the front. As I was walking up the road one morning I noticed the sunflowers bobbing in the wind. It was their movements along with their size that reminded me of something both old fashioned and matronly. Eventually I worked it out in this poem.
Editor’s Note: Flowers are a rather tired subject for poetry these days. However, as I live in Kansas and adore sunflowers (they grow wild here), I just happen to be a sucker for poems like this. The imagery is good, and the conceit is playful as well. It took me to a nice, yellow, petalled place.
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