"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The boy with the dandelion

has dark skin and watchful eyes. An immigrant boy. A migrant. We are all of us the one and conflicted over the other. He picks dandelions and twines them into a braid. His father digs carrots and picks lettuce. His arms are brown and muscled and ready for work. The morning is misty and overcast, and the fields are muddy and wet, but the boy is barefoot and learning our ways.

14 comments:

Judy Croome said...

Packs quite a punch for a short piece. That line "We are all of us the one and conflicted over the other" is telling.
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Yvonne Osborne said...

Judy,
Thanks!! And thanks for the link. I'm always ready for a critique.

Frances Garrood said...

Love the title, too!

Jemi Fraser said...

great imagery!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hi Frances,
Thank you!

Jemi,
Oh...thanks!

Anthony Duce said...

Wonderful writing… The imagery and care expressed so well.
BTW: I haven’t forgotten. I’ve just had a few too many interruptions lately. SL is still percolating, waiting for my time.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hi Tony,
Thanks so much. And I knew you hadn't forgotten about Still Life. I understand about interruptions. It sometimes seems like life is one big interruption!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You capture a lot in this. "watchful eyes" tells me he is soaking in his new environment and will survive it. Nicely caught moment in time.

Liza said...

I love what I can see from your words.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Tricia,
Thank you.

Liza,
Thanks!

Wine and Words said...

He is learning our ways...

Is it wrong to say I don't want him to? Is it wrong to say I like his ruddy arms and barefoot feet? Is it wrong to say we've not got it right...at all, and there are better ways than shirts and shoes?

Such a beautiful piece!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Annie,
No, you aren't wrong. That's exactly what I was trying to convey. Thank you so much.

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Yvonne Osborne said...

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Thank you. Nice to meet you.