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June 15, 2017

are a waste of time…

Kobayashi Issa
(June 15, 1763 – January 5, 1828)

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Small Things*

June 26, 2012

Jon Orvik ~ Small Things

2012 Merit Award
By Jon A. Orvik

Small Things

I’m sure something like this has happened to you.
Walking on a trail you stop and see a flower
so impossibly tiny and yet the mirror
of something you recognize, something much larger.
And the mind wonders how
one large, the other small, yet the same.
I am amazed more by the pinhead replica of a lily
than by the familiar variety; something to do
with the wonder of what is behind it all.
The minuscule recedes to vanishing,
a point beyond our knowledge.
But we do have clues don’t we:
science of the double helix—
imagine those strings uncoiling,
reaching out to others to form something new.

Diotima taught Socrates not to be seduced
by the beauty of things
that are but the semblance of beauty itself.
A beauty we never fully know,
but can marvel at its semblance
here on a dusty trail.

*Copyright 2012 by Jon A. Orvik. Placard design by Egress Studio.

For what was*

November 26, 2010

Placard design by Egress Studio
2007 Merit Award
By Paige Kulm, 8th Grade

I am a fierce lion of the flower fields,
My color shines brightly,
But then hidden among my many friends,
Thankful for their protection,

Spring now bursts out in every color,
As many of us just wait to be tickled,
By the busy bee.

Soon the bugs pop out,
Gnawing, at our precious,
Delicate, green hands.

Then comes our time to go,
The greedy people just plucking me and my,
Colored friends, almost as if they can’t hear us,
With our loud shrieks.

The sense of belonging fades away,
Just as our color will,
Within hours our days of glory together,
Will be no more.

Now as I pity in my near death,
I appreciate the difference,
Of my life.

Things around me seem the same,
As I wish for what was,
Me and my field of wild flowers.

*Copyright 2007 by Paige Kulm. This poem appears in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

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