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open sky :: SAMVAAD | 29th January

hosts : Sanjuktaa Asopa & Kashiana Singh


seventh summer

we measure his height

in sunflowers


---- Lorraine A Padden

(Tinywords issue 21.2)

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Lorraine Padden says:


I do remember the story behind that poem -- In my neighborhood I often walk by an elementary school a couple of blocks from my house. On one of my walks I noticed a woman walking with a child on the sidewalk ahead of me, probably on their way to school. They passed an area in the block where someone had planted a few sunflowers in a foot wide strip of soil between the sidewalk and the street that went on for some 30 feet. I always notice these individual stalks standing in their scraggly row. So, in that moment I noticed three different heights of adult, child and flowers and it brought to mind th…

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Feb 03, 2023
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Lovely, thank you, Lorraine. And thanks, Sanjuktaa & Kashiana .


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I like the alliteration of the s sound here. May be he turns seven this summer and he's grown tall. The sunflowers indicate happiness, that joy of both childhood and summer.

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Anju Kishore
Anju Kishore
Jan 29, 2023

Sweet!

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