Church of England Diocese of Bath & Wells Wrington

Poem on Creation

19 Jan 2021, noon

 HOW GRASS AND THE FLOWERS CAME

TO EXIST, A GOD TALE

I suppose

the Lord said:

Let there be fur upon the earth

and let there be hair upon the earth,

and so the seeds stuttered forward into ripeness

and the roots twirled in the dark

to accomplish His desire,

and so there is clover,

and the reeds of the marshes,

and the eelgrass of the sea shallows

upon which the dainty sea brant* live,

and there is the green and sturdy grass,

and the goldenrod,

and the spurge and the yarrow,

and the ivies and the bramble

and the blue iris

covering the earth,

thanking the Lord with their blossoms.


Mary Oliver 1935-2019