Since I can remember the Sunflower has always been my favorite flower. Something about its sheer size and the bright golden yellow brings instant sunshine to my day.
Over the past few years I've given myself the opportunity to see more sunflowers in their natural habitat. There is nothing more beautiful than the way the yellow sunflower contrasts the blue sky.
If you have the chance, take a walk in a field of sunflowers, it will brighten your day.
Here is a lovely poem from Fernando Pessoa, a Portuguese poet whose poetry I've been introduced to during my trip to Portugal in September. Not only does this poem begin with the mention of the sunflower, but it speaks to my soul. As I have traveled to many new places, I have begun to notice the big and small beauties around me. These pieces of creation, of the world, that I did not take notice of before.
(from THE KEEPER OF SHEEP)
My gaze is clear like a sunflower.
It is my custom to walk the roads
Looking right and left
And sometimes looking behind me,
And what I see at each moment
Is what I never saw before,
And I’m very good at noticing things.
I’m capable of feeling the same wonder
A newborn child would feel
If he noticed that he’d really and truly been born.
I feel at each moment that I’ve just been born
Into a completely new world…
I believe in the world as in a daisy,
Because I see it. But I don’t think about it,
Because to think is to not understand.
The world wasn’t made for us to think about it
(To think is to have eyes that aren’t well)
But to look at it and to be in agreement.
I have no philosophy, I have senses…
If I speak of Nature it’s not because I know what it is
But because I love it, and for that very reason,
Because those who love never know what they love
Or why they love, or what love is.
To love is eternal innocence,
And the only innocence is not to think…