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Just because

Pink peony.

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
and softly,
and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?

Excerpted from Mary Oliver’s poem “Peonies.”

You can find the full version here. Β If you haven’t read it, please do. Β It’s lovely.

Delicate beauty.
Delicate beauty.


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

19 thoughts on “Just because

  1. Oh, I do love peonies! I can’t seem to grow them here, but my mum had lovely ones in the garden. The fragrance!! And all the layers like a rose. One of my favorite flowers. Pretty photo!

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      1. I know what you mean. I have no control of my clicking. I don’t mean to bring back 150 photos from a short walk. It just can’t be helped. Hello, my name is Mary and I have a clicking addiction. Hi Mary. (don’t know how familiar you are with 12 step programs)
        From one addict to another


    1. They are some of my favorites, J. There is such a delicacy to them, yet I’ve seen them withstand harsh wind and heavy rain, and still come out looking beautiful.


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