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Richard Greene


I bought three sunflowers
at the farmers' market this morning.
The brawny blossoms  
stand in a vase
on our dining table
looking like plate-sized smiley faces.
It's hard not to smile back.

© by Richard Greene.
Used with the author's permission.


Richard Greene began writing poetry in the 8th grade, inspired by the opening lines of Longfellow's “Evangeline”—“This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks / Bearded in moss and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight"—which he was required to read in class. In college, after a classmate deemed Richard’s rhyming poem “trite,” he stopped writing until, a couple of years later, a class with Henry Rago, subsequently editor of Poetry magazine, inspired him to resume his efforts. But poetry fell by the wayside for almost forty years as a busy career in international development consumed his life. As retirement approached, however, Richard’s dedication to poetry returned; he has since published three chapbooks: The Broken Guitar: Poems of War; Becoming Old: Poems of Aging; Painting with Words: Landscapes in Verse; and one full -length collection, To Talk of Many Things: Selected Poems. Richard, who lives in Nyack, New York, shares a "poem of the week" with anyone interested; get on his mailing list by requesting it at



Post New Comment:
liz dolan:
Love those brawny blossoms, Richard.
Posted 09/02/2023 09:32 AM
A concise delight!
Posted 09/02/2023 12:24 AM
Lori Levy:
Great image of the sunflowers.
Posted 09/01/2023 09:23 PM
Janice Galt:
Ironically, I am wearing my sunflower top today. Sunflowers are an always delight! Thanks!
Posted 09/01/2023 11:57 AM
Short, sweet and very nice. Brawny is an excellent word choice.
Posted 09/01/2023 10:28 AM
Wilda Morris:
A happy miniature poem!
Posted 09/01/2023 09:02 AM
Joan Luther:
Sunflowers: such sunny inspiring subjects
Posted 09/01/2023 07:55 AM

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