Friday, March 11, 2016

Dandelion Theology

In dandelion theology,
each wish is given gravity

to fall precisely where it's meant;
to find a friend and nourishment.

Mama, can we never rest?
Please love me more and teach me less.

The seed spins sure.  The seed drifts true.
Mama, you have work to do.

For Grapeling's Get Listed at Real Toads.

If you have time, please drop by my other blog and congratulate my little girl.  She won the Oklahoma Writers Project Young Writers contest in the short story division.  I couldn't be more proud!


Hannah said...

Oh!! Mama Zen, I'm so happy for her and for you...proud indeed!

Dandelion wishes are a favorite for me, I enjoy where you brought them! :)

Buddah Moskowitz said...

This was a seriously fun and magical thing.

Sylvia K said...

I LOVE it, as always!! Fun and magical indeed! I hope you have a beautiful weekend!! Enjoy!!

kaykuala said...

to fall precisely where it's meant;
to find a friend and nourishment.

Dandelions have it made for them. They rest where the seeds fall and start life all over again. Clever take MZ!


Sioux said...

Mama Zen--I followed the link! Wow. Like mother like daughter...

Your poem is so sweet. The rhyme/near rhyme (and tone) is so... gentle. That's the closest I can come to describing it.

brudberg said...

Love the thought of dandelion theology...The dialogue is perfect, and how great for your daughter and you...

radio head said...

Now that's an attention-grabbing title.

This is such a strong image:
"each wish is given gravity
to fall precisely where it's meant"

Sometimes that means our wishes go unfulfilled. And sometimes they come true, just in different places/ways than we had hoped or expected.

"Please love me more and teach me less." ... I can't tell you how many times I've repeated this line in my head throughout my day since I first read this poem. Seriously, this is about the best parenting advice I've ever read. Absolutely brilliant approach.

My daughters just brought me flowers that they had picked for me ... from the neighbor's yard. Neighbor's who will probably be pissed at me for letting my kids do such a thing ... or not teaching them what not to do.

So I jumped all over them, and you should have seen their broken spirits. I thought of you and felt awful. Seriously, that's a line to tattoo on myself somewhere; I am the worst about being a big-mouth teacher rather than a good listener and hugger. You have a beautiful mommy soul, MZ. I used to, when I only had two kids. But I lost my shit when I went up to three and then four. I don't even recognize the horrible person I've become.

"Mama, you have work to do." ... I love that the "work" in this is to stop working so hard and just spend time and touch on your child instead.

Carol Campbell said...

Congratulations to your precious for her award. Her dandelion dreams will come true!

Outlawyer said...

First - many congrats again to your daughter. You must be very proud and I hope she is too.

Great line re the mother and teaching--there's quite a bit of wisdom in weeds! Thanks, MZ. k.

Dragonfly said...

:-) xo

hedgewitch said...

This is wonderful--light and fitful and alive as a dandelion seed on the wing, yet as whole as the globe before it's blown away--maybe the two things are the same, really.Many congrats to your daughter.

Kerry O'Connor said...

"Dandelion Theology" should be a thing. I love both the wisdom and the whimsy of this poem.

Fireblossom said...

I agree, this should be a thing. What a perfect gem of a poem.

De said...

This airy, pithy, floating piece is just fantastic. I love dandelions, and I must go back and read this again. And again. You've seeded something wonderful here.

grapeling said...

see, I love the subversiveness, if you will, of both birthing and encouraging a(n award winning poet) AND the anti-round-up dandelion. I'm with Kerry and Shay - this sure as hell should be a thing.

dandelions are damn strong. your seeds will fill the sky, MZ. thank you for adding your voice ~

Susie Clevenger said...

And people think there is nothing to learn from a dandelion...Great stuff!! Congratulations to your daughter!!