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To a Dandelion.
Blessings on thy sunny face,
In my heart thou hast a place,
Humble Dandelion!
Forms more lovely are around thee,
Purple violets surround thee,--
But I know thy honest heart
Never felt a moment's smart
At another's good or beauty,--
Ever at thy post of duty,
Smiling on the great and small,
Rich and poor, and wishing all
Health, and happiness, and pleasure,
Oh, thou art a golden treasure!

I remember years ago,
How I longed to see thee blow,
Humble Dandelion!
Through the meadows I would wander,
O'er the verdant pastures yonder,
Filling hands and filling lap,
Till the teacher's rap, rap, rap,
Sounding on the window sash
Dreadful as a thunder crash,
Galled me from my world ideal
To a world how sad and real,--
From a laughing sky and brook
To a dull old spelling-book;
Then with treasures hid securely,
To my seat I crept demurely.

Childhood's careless days are o'er,
Happy school days come no more,
Humble Dandelion!
Through a desert I am walking,
Hope eluding, pleasure mocking,
Every earthly fountain dry,
Yet when thou didst meet mine eye,
Something like a beam of gladness
Did illuminate my sadness,
And I hail thee as a friend
Come a holiday to spend
By the couch of pain and anguish.
Where I suffer, moan and languish.

When at length I sink to rest,
And the turf is on my breast,
Humble Dandelion!
Wilt thou when the morning breaketh,
And the balmy spring awaketh,
Bud and blossom at a breath
From the icy arms of death,
Wilt thou smile upon my tomb?
Drawing beauty from the gloom,
Making life less dark and weary,
Making death itself less dreary,
Whispering in a gentle tone
To the mourner sad and lone,
Of a spring-time when the sleeper
Will arise to bless the weeper?


My Father made this beautiful world and gave me a heart to love his
works. Oh, may I love Him better than all created things!


The little plat of ground around our house is a great field of
instruction and amusement to me. How little do I comprehend of all
contained within it! I am glad I was not born in some great city--
where Nature had not been so kind and dear a friend.

Source: "Canadian Wild Flowers," by Helen M. Johnson
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Jun 12 2009 17:01 GMT senna3
Fabulous photo and wonderful words!
Jun 12 2009 17:08 GMT sini
Great angle and shot!:)
Jun 12 2009 17:08 GMT FRIESIAN
Beautiful picture!!!
Jun 12 2009 17:12 GMT Arik77
fantastic shot , i just love this perspective
Jun 12 2009 17:27 GMT poshbird
Wow....brilliant photo .........love the perspective.
Jun 12 2009 17:37 GMT maria123
superb shot!
Jun 12 2009 17:43 GMT martini957
Beautiful shot & poem...EXCELLENT!!!
Jun 12 2009 18:08 GMT charlotte
lovely
Jun 12 2009 18:09 GMT ForestSpirit
Fantastic photo, and I love the poem too.
Jun 12 2009 18:35 GMT ledita
beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Jun 12 2009 18:38 GMT cdc PRO
awesome close-up and poem
Jun 12 2009 18:41 GMT pradeepvishwakarma
Beautyful
Jun 12 2009 19:19 GMT clintonfolks
beautiful.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 12 2009 20:48 GMT lunette
great image.
Jun 13 2009 04:37 GMT losp
Excellent composition & imaging !
Jun 13 2009 04:46 GMT Midworlder PRO
Wonderful macro
Jun 13 2009 05:22 GMT MargNZ
Beautiful image and nice words :)
Jun 13 2009 06:20 GMT Squirrel PRO
BEAUTIFUL NATURE SHOT AGAINST THE SKY >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Jun 13 2009 06:40 GMT soldier
Amazing composition ... great foto my friend!
Jun 13 2009 20:07 GMT karlbark
Really great shots!!!

Best regards,
Karl Trausti from Iceland
Jun 13 2009 20:23 GMT caferr
wonderful...
Jun 14 2009 09:04 GMT Dorado
Excellent !
Jun 14 2009 12:42 GMT Adamus
Lovely view.
Jun 14 2009 16:09 GMT hbla PRO
love the photo and very suitable words!
Jun 14 2009 21:19 GMT ivonarulles
nice shot i love it:)
Jun 15 2009 05:05 GMT nzdncjw
nice shot
Jun 15 2009 06:01 GMT anko
wooow!
wonderful!!!!
Jun 15 2009 06:41 GMT osmetnica
Lovely shot!!!!:)
Jun 15 2009 19:05 GMT pauli3522
10/10
Jun 15 2009 19:56 GMT Bellavista
Fantastic angle!
Jun 15 2009 20:07 GMT hamrahi
Great composition & image...So lovely.
Jun 16 2009 16:11 GMT beus PRO
Wonderful composition!!
Jun 16 2009 17:07 GMT pnew
Lovely*
m b a ?
Mbz!
:-)
Jun 16 2009 19:39 GMT Minz PRO
SUPERB PHOTOGRAPH !
Wonderful colours and composition.
Jun 16 2009 22:26 GMT irajsalarvand
عالی گرامی
great...................
Jun 16 2009 22:35 GMT Cooler PRO
Beautiful image ;-)))
Jun 16 2009 23:27 GMT SIGMUND
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 16 2009 23:27 GMT SIGMUND
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 17 2009 00:10 GMT peterpinhole
Great close up and composition!!
Lovely image.
Jun 17 2009 01:30 GMT helton
Absolutely amazzzing capture..my precious MBZ...

I hope we can share a great friendship..my friend..

Hugssss from Rio de Janeiro - Brasil..
Jun 17 2009 07:29 GMT PaP67
la nature est éternellement belle si l'on sait la regarder ! préservons la !
merveilleuse photo et paroles !
nature is always nice if you know how to look at !
let us preserve it !
wonderful photo and words
félicitations/congratulations !

...could you tell me how you write " félicitations " in farsi ?!.....
Jun 17 2009 07:30 GMT PaP67
.......view in my faves of course !
Jun 17 2009 14:13 GMT rosecafe
fabulous shot.
Jun 17 2009 16:47 GMT Minou
Wonderful shot !
Jun 17 2009 18:45 GMT u40
Bravo - perfect photo
Jun 18 2009 04:20 GMT Londi PRO
Lovely!!!
Jun 18 2009 07:05 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
This is a very fine picture!
Jun 18 2009 10:26 GMT ashdad PRO
Wow! Fabulous composition.
Jun 18 2009 12:46 GMT verarenm
An incredible composition of photo! Spectacular! Beautiful poem!
Jun 18 2009 15:09 GMT ujbanyiv
Nice Nature Photo with excellence angle
Jun 18 2009 19:32 GMT qtreiber
Great!
Jun 18 2009 19:53 GMT evelin
Amazing,,,,,,!!!!!
Jun 18 2009 21:12 GMT gafaway
superb !!!! beauty : )
Jun 19 2009 09:38 GMT teddybear2
absolutly fantastic composition and beautiful poem
Jun 20 2009 17:22 GMT gg133
nice angle, superb composition & color....
Jun 20 2009 17:32 GMT LizSA
fantastic Poem.... great words... and so true.... Dandelion... go anywhere in the
world and it grow there.... SA .. Britain... USA... that is it...

lovely shot... low on the ground...!
Jun 21 2009 13:54 GMT marijke06
nice angle!
Jun 21 2009 14:37 GMT marioalbertina
Beautiful close-up and background !
Jun 21 2009 18:24 GMT Archer
Fabulous view!
Jun 21 2009 19:01 GMT eleni78 PRO
wonderful shot, i like the angle!
Jun 21 2009 19:03 GMT SamWiseWoahZay
Great comsposition and brilliant blue sky!!!!!
Jun 21 2009 21:05 GMT RachelWoods
wonderful shot....
Jun 22 2009 07:57 GMT santaslittlehelper
WOW
Jun 22 2009 15:12 GMT pnew
Wow 1 flower with different collections gr8!
Jun 22 2009 15:13 GMT pnew
Hru mbz, ur id is intresting!
Jun 22 2009 17:29 GMT ButterflyWings
fabulous
Jun 23 2009 19:24 GMT otilia
excellent¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
Jun 27 2009 15:04 GMT PhotoPro PRO
beautiful composition - gorgeous colors!!

Have a great weekend!
Jun 28 2009 20:14 GMT annieann PRO
so beautiful
Jun 30 2009 14:06 GMT bluesky
Wow.............great poem.
Love it.
Jun 30 2009 15:23 GMT Poulet PRO
Great composition!
Jun 30 2009 17:10 GMT SlowCheeetah
lovely !!!

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