I hated to cut my first peony blooms but I couldn’t bear to see them droop and die. As I cut and arranged them, I out of the blue I had a flashback to a line from an Emerson poem, I wrote an essay about 30 something years ago in a poetry class @syracuseu – yes, I really took classes like that much to the amusement of @georgewolke. The line “the earth laughs in flowers,” has become one of those “touchy-feely” sayings you find on mugs and greeting cards. The full poem reads: “Earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs; Who steer the plough but cannot steer their feet clear of the grave.” Out of context, it is all warm and fuzzy, but Emerson wrote it as an illustration of Mother Nature’s supremacy; mocking the arrogance of humans (and I think, politicians) who believe they have power over the Earth; after all, nature was created long before we existed and will remain long after we’re gone. I find the quote so much more interesting after a few weeks living in Utah. Now, after hearing daily about the struggle of those who are fighting to keep national parks and monuments like Utah’s Bears Ears safe from the ravages of the politicians who seek to sell off our natural resources for profit, I hear the poem in all it’s ironic context. Happy Mother’s Day, Mother Nature – I hope you always laugh in flowers especially at those who think they can own and destroy YOUR America.
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