ode to those spiky suns

 “How I loved those spiky suns, / rooted stubborn as childhood / in the grass,” – Jean Nordhaus, “A Dandelion for My Mother”

Dandelion by Dan Zen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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Dandelion by Dan Zen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The dandelion is lions’ teeth, is a puffy sphere of hope seeds, is the sun’s world in the greeny-green grass, is the pluckable tender leaves of a sweet-bitter salad.

When I was five my mother taught me to make a wish and blow away the tufted cluster at the top of a dandelion stem.

When I was ten my sister taught me to make a dandelion chain by putting flower through split stem, one after the other.

When I was twenty-five my son taught me the wonder of a green bud turned bright yellow flower turned ash-white cloud-seeds.

Now I go through life showing my lions’ teeth, showing my sphere of hope seeds, showing my spray of yellow sun’s light.  I am the pluckable tender leaves when I love, I am the wishes of a new generation when I breathe, I am the ghost of a flower gone to seed when I die.

dens leonis (Latin) : dent-de-lion (French) : dandelion (English) : tooth of the lion

This post is dedicated to writer/blogger Mo Pana and her blog lookaround99.wordpress.com/, especially her lovely Beautiful Giant Dandelion post.

5 thoughts on “ode to those spiky suns

  1. Reblogged this on look around! and commented:

    Did you know that the dandelion is lions’ teeth? If you didn’t know, you can find out reading a beautiful article written for my little blog by Theresa Barker, a writer featured on WP Freshly Pressed. And… a good news is that Theresa has accepted to write a Guest Post for my blog. Her post will be published tomorrow 🙂
    Thank you so much, Theresa.


    1. Thank you so much, Monica! Your photography is beautiful and artistically inspiring. How fun that we have dandelions all over the world. The dandelion makes a good representation for your theme, which is to bring people together from all over the world. Warm wishes, Theresa

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