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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…

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


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.


Anju Kishore
Anju Kishore
Jan 29, 2023



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