Meadow Meditations

“I see that a shopkeeper

advertises among his

perfumes … “meadow flowers”

and “new mown hay.”

— Henry David Thoreau, March 23, 1856.

I understand why Walden’s steward

would note this on a page; he was a soul

who adorned himself with cattail down

and hazel bud and so appreciated

the heady fragrance of the outdoors,

the desire to acquaint oneself 

with all that grows and the seasons

and environs that effect each part 

of creation —landscape, biology, 

and botanical. I have this rising 

sense of awe for the beauty 

of God’s gifts —the bud, the bloom, 

the river; leaf, mountainside, caterpillar,

and I comprehend why he pondered

over stem and petal, pond and grove,

and asked questions I sometimes

also pose, such as *“Why is the pollen

of flowers commonly yellow?”

Yes, I, too, would like to know.

—C.L. Fisher, June 2020

*Henry David Thoreau, March 28, 1853

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