Sunflower

"Sunflower" is the fifth and final song of Paul Salerni's Flora, which sets five poems of John Updike.

Date: 2003Composer: Paul SalerniText: John UpdikeSong Collection: Flora

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Sunflower
by John Updike

Sunflower, of flowers
the most lonely,
yardstick of hours,
long-term stander
in empty spaces,
shunner of bowers,
indolent bender
seldom, in only
the sharpest of showers:
tell us, why
is it your face is
a snarl of jet swirls
and gold arrows, a burning
old lion face high
in a cornflower sky,
yet by turning
your head we find
you wear a girl’s
bonnet behind?

–John Updike: Collected Poems 1953-1993, pp. 6-7

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Collected Poems: 1953-1993

By John Updike

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