Heaven in a Wild Flower


This cold, blustery day, I dream
into being another spring day.
This one is mountain-flavored,
nearer to heaven than the sea,
far away from here, far from me.
A mountain meadow blooms
as far as my eye can see:
pink heads nod their approval,
as if they like what they see.
I’m atilt, upright on this slope,
keeping my feet, holding out hope.
Pollen coats my skin in gold dust
and I run as lightly as a wind gust.
I lift my arms to the sky,
I’m not a gazelle, but I can fly!
l reach the dim of the tree line,
and each leaf sings harmony with me.
Part of me dwells there, in that perfect hour
when spring is eternal: sweet, soft air and
cool breezes. Infinite beauty. Birds sing,
deer graze and rabbits nod to the grass.
The scent of wildflowers is heaven.
Heaven is in our memories.

Note: The title is from a quatrain that has been niggling at the corners of my attention all week. I decided to embrace it, celebrate it. This is the first of two posts about it. Do you know it already? It’s this one:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour.” 

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

31 thoughts on “Heaven in a Wild Flower

  1. Very nice imagery in your poem. I like the way that it makes various connections with the William Blake quote throughout. It is indeed Rosebay Willowherb as someone has pointed out. The name Rosebay Willowherb is a poem in itself, I was terribly disappointed to find out that Americans call it ‘Fireweed’, how can such things be true. I live next to a canal and in summer it is lined with Rosebay Willowherb https://bloozers.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/home2-2.gif and for this reason it is one of my favourite flowers. If I were to tell you that Blake is also one of my favourite (probably favourite) poets then you would surely think I was making it up, so I’ll save that one for another day. Thanks for sharing beautiful words and images. Here is a photo https://bloozers.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/rosebay-willow-therapy.jpg I took last summer of Rosebay Willowherb that I know you will like.
    Thanks again, take care.

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  2. Your beautiful poetry seems very appropriate on a gorgeous sunny afternoon in this part of the world.

    “A robin redbreast in a cage
    Puts all heaven in a rage.”


  3. One of my most favourite of passages and your poem is just lovely. Rose bay Willow Herb? Both Poem and Photo reminding me of hot sunny days…oh that they are not far away… Beautiful post. 🎑 ☀


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