Their Ecstatic Small Faces

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Honeysuckle sweetness twines
wild roses, waning now beside
the cracked asphalt path.

Quail scurry, chase dandelion gold
nuggets of nature’s whimsy, hidden
between stalks of lupine, lunging upward.

Beside a lichen-crusted boulder
clover nestles in dew-drenched grass
while robins roust seeds of sunflowers

stretching toward their source.
Sunlight plays on the children’s smiles
as they weave daisy chains and dreams.

Linking to dVerse Poets Open Link Night. The title is a line borrowed from a Mary Oliver poem (which I’m still trying to find). It served me as the prompt for this poem. This is a fun way to get the muse on board.

The doors open Tuesday, 3:00 PM EDT. Hope to see you there.


21 thoughts on “Their Ecstatic Small Faces

  1. sreeja says:

    oh! how beautiful is this….


  2. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …this is just heart warming Victoria… a poem like this can change the world… smiles… thank you..


  3. Renee Espriu says:

    Enchantingly beautiful.


  4. you can almost hear picalos!


  5. Kelly says:

    Gorgeous imagery and sounds. Especially liked the second stanza and the way you broke the lines. I think the addition of the cracked asphalt path really serves to balance the nature/child imagery. Wouldn’t change a thing.


  6. wolfsrosebud says:

    loved the Victorian feel to this… nothing sweeter than little girls and flowers


  7. nico says:

    Children, like flowers, instinctively know the art of lunging upward. We have a lot to learn from them! Beautiful work–the Oliver poem you are thinking of is “While I am Writing a Poem to Celebrate Summer, the Meadowlark Begins to Sing” and can be found at

    Excellent work!


  8. othermary says:

    Lovely Victoria. I particularly like stanza 2.


  9. ayala says:

    Victoria, sweet and beautiful.


  10. Truedessa says:

    A poem of purity in a smile..I liked the last stanza..


  11. dragonkatet says:

    Such vivid imagery in this one! I read it aloud and it’s a lyrical delight. 🙂


  12. Pamela says:

    Victoria, what a pretty poem.



  13. Laurie Kolp says:

    Victoria, This is so sweet. I love the ending.


  14. Very sweet and full of golden coloured images.


  15. Margaret says:

    and you ended with “daisy chains”. I am not sure if there is anything sweeter than a little child making and wearing them.


  16. claudia says:

    weaving daisy chains and dreams…that’s the thing to do…we should as well me thinks…tenderly written victoria


  17. annotating60 says:

    I liked ‘robins roust seeds of sunflowers’ especially.>KB


  18. Rowan Taw says:

    I’ve just had a hot bath before retiring, and this is just the perfect poem to finish my night with…I’m expecting sweet dreams : )


  19. brian miller says:

    cool progression in this as well…and lovely imagery victoria…nice contrasts as well…the honeysuckle and asphalt….the lichen covered boulder is a cool image for me…smiles


  20. kamana says:

    such sweetness and innocence


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