Friday, March 27, 2009

This Is the Reason

even the bugs love California... Laura Paine Carr
California Poppies make me fruity, looney, sappy, and homesick.  And I live here!
Poppies don't hold back.  We get the full blown orange, with yellow rims.  Don't tell a Poppy that pink doesn't match with orange.  
Wide Open.  Smile.  All heart; no need to pin it on a sleeve.
And Poppies make me tell secrets... my all-time favorite song is David Frizzell and Shelly West singing "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma."
We Have Not Come to Take Prisoners

We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.

We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.

Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.

Run like hell my dear,
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart...

in California
And, I love you, too.


Annie said...

You hit the nail on the head about California Poppies. They are also the most cheery of flowers, I think.

Finally got around to googling Hafiz. Interesting reading.

swallowtail said...

Hafiz has taken up residence on my desk. There is no avoiding him at this point, so I am just accepting his presence and guidance for now. He does encourage us to embrace the Joy that is Spirit, without questioning It! which, is Faith...

Merry ME said...

I lived in California for 15 years. I don't believe I ever saw a real poppy. These are beautiful.

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