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Mystery, Wonder, and Beauty of a Flower

Mystery, Wonder, and Beauty of a Flower

Two amazing humans – Mary Oliver and Richard Feyman, one an artist, one a scientist, take a close look at a flower. Their points of view equally brilliant. Their points of view both slightly different. I love and respect these geniuses so much. Enjoy.

“Science only adds to the mystery, wonder and beauty of a flower”
~ Richard Feynman

Mary Oliver is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as “far and away, [America’s] best-selling poet”

Richard Phillips Feynman was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics


BBC interview, Richard Feynman, “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out”



White Flowers
Last night
in the fields
I lay down in the darkness
to think about death,
but instead I fell asleep,
as if in a vast and sloping room
filled with those white flowers
that open all summer,
sticky and untidy,
in the warm fields.
When I woke
the morning light was just slipping
in front of the stars,
and I was covered
with blossoms.
I don’t know
how it happened—
I don’t know
if my body went diving down
under the sugary vines
in some sleep-sharpened affinity
with the depths, or whether
that green energy
rose like a wave
and curled over me, claiming me
in its husky arms.
I pushed them away, but I didn’t rise.
Never in my life had I felt so plush,
or so slippery,
or so resplendently empty.
Never in my life
had I felt myself so near
that porous line
where my own body was done with
and the roots and the stems and the flowers

~ Mary Oliver


  1. Scientific and Spiritual thought are sometimes pitted against each other these days. This post beautifully reminds us that our perspective is key. Some may use use science to compartmentalize life in some absolute sense that dulls our wonder. We’ll choose to let it open our hearts more fully to the mystery 🙂

    • Love your comment dear Will & Gem! Here’s opening to the mystery. Thanks for stopping by. You guys are so sweet. Makes me happy 🙂 🙂 🙂

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