March 28, 2011

Monday Poem : From Blossoms

I know many of you continue to be in the icy grip of Winter, and even possibly under several feet of snow,  but I'm posting about blossom again today  - apologies in advance!  Here in the UK we are enjoying somewhat of a blossom-fest at the moment and Blogland is brimming with wonderful images of blossom and Spring flowers.

Anyway, I watched Eat Pray Love at the weekend.  Blossom will become evident shortly!  I read the book some time ago so I was familiar with the story, but wasn't sure that I would like the film and reviews had been fairly mixed, so I didn't bother seeing it at the cinema.  However we watched the DVD on Saturday evening and I really enjoyed it.  Mostly for the scenery I have to say, as the film is visually stunning.  Set in three iconic countries, amongst them Bali; so lush and green, and fragrant. 

This lovely poem also transports me to somewhere else - as such undefined, but with a sense of place that could easily be somewhere in south-east Asia.  The poem's imagery brings to mind scenes in the film.  Like this one in the market.   

- By Li-Young Lee -

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat. 

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach. 
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

You can read about the poet here
 Photos from Google images
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  1. Beautiful poem Jeanne. I have not seen the movie yet for the same reasons you mentioned. I think I might give it a try for the scenery.


  2. I didn't fancy the film either, but I might give it a go now. The poem conjures up all sorts of images.

  3. I saw the movie and also thought the scenry was fastictic. As for the poem,I agree that joy is found in life...the life of blossoms and fruit and Spring.

  4. I agree, that the movie was full of stunning scenery, but otherwise quite banal. I couldn't get past the first chapter of the book.
    The poem - well, it took my breath. It's how I try to see life, but I've never seen it written out that way. I read about the poet and was surprised to see that he is long gone or from some ancient time.

  5. I haven't seen the movie - but I might give the book a try.

    I love the poem... especially the last verse - I'm looking forward to my garden being full of 'sweet impossible blossom' in the coming weeks.


  6. Dear Jeanne,

    What a beautiful poem. I watched the movie recently, but was a bit dissapointed.

    Although the film is visually stunning, I liked the book better. Don't know what it is really, perhaps to me the films just not goes deep enough.

    Lieve groet & happy evening!


  7. A beautiful poem. Thank you Jeanne for posting it

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this poem with us.

  9. Alas the pretty pink peach blossoms shall soon fill the orchards here with their heavy fragrance luring the bees to set forth and pollinate so we too can indulge in the luscious fruit from the brown paper bag. (or in this case the wooden baskets)
    It is a beautiful poem and satisfies my love of your Monday sharing...
    Susan x

  10. I have not seen Eat Pray Love, I shall look for it.
    You mmust be on my wavelength, as I was just thinking this morning, about photographine the pink blossom on the trees in the park.

  11. I long to be immersed in the verses of this poem!

    What a lovely choice.

  12. I LOVED the movie Eat, Pray, Love! Sounds like you did too! :)


  13. I have not read the book nor seen the movie, but I think I will get around to get it on DVD one of these days, if not for anything else, I am sold on the idea of visually stunning images and scenery.;)
    Lovely poem and I can not get enough of blossoms.;)) Spring is very elusive here this year alternating between hot and cold, like a real teaser.;)
    Have a lovely day dear Jeanne,

  14. Lovely poem, like you I have just watched the DVD Eat Pray Love, and thoroughly enjoyed it, the scenery was beautiful, I think I should read the book now as apparently it is a little different to the film.

  15. I loved the book and like you was not sure if I wanted to see the film so didn't go to the cinema to see it but watch the DVD recently and I liked that too for similar reasons. 'Committed' is Liz Gilberts follow on book and I enjoyed reading that too.

  16. I love this poem, especially the last verse. Have not seen the movie yet, my daughter brought it home a couple of weeks ago and it's still sitting on the shelf. I adore Julia Roberts, I think her acting and charm would make any movie okay :0) Happy Spring! XO

  17. Dear Jeanne,

    thanks for your kind words to my zinc...I´m sorry I haven`t been here for awhile , but in springtime there is sooo much to do outside ( I love it ) ansd so I´m not that often online...Love your poem, I wasn`t in the film Eat, pray...perhaps I should do it...
    And I´m soory I couln´t give you any adress to get zinc online...I always buy it on fleamarkets and this is hard , too...and since a few years really expencíve ( I´m glad I bought a lot of them many years ago...)
    Wish you a great sprintime in England !!!
    Best wishes,

  18. Dear Jeanne,

    You asked about the ground cover in my garden. In the area around the daffodils it is mostly finca. I hope I did not spell it wrong. It has little blue flowers at the moment. Very pretty!!

    Lieve groet & happy evening!


  19. So happy you are enjoying Spring...

    Here, we are expecting more snow...



  20. I enjoyed your Monday poem Jeanne - the last six lines particularly will stay in my mind. Have still to read the book but after reading your post I may go straight to the dvd :)

  21. Jeanne,
    What an absolutely lovely poem! Thank you for the link. I'm not sure about Eat Pray Love. I think I might enjoy it but those reviews have really been mixed haven't they? I like Julia Roberts though so might look out for it. Cherry and damson blossom is about to sprout forth down here but it has turned wet and windy - hardly Spring like! Lesley x

  22. Hi Jeanne. I just watched the movie the same weekend you did and I really enjoyed it. I actually liked it better than the book. The scenery is beautiful. Happy Monday.

  23. Thank you for posting this poem. It's been a favorite that I had not experienced for a while. Now I'm off to read more of Lee's amazing work!
    A visit to your blog makes my day! My garden is filled with birds and butterflies ("impossible wings") more than flowers (except for unkempt but lovely native plants)---but in my imagination my garden looks just like yours!


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