Sunday Quote (2012 Week 21)

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. ~ Theodore Roethke

Some sort of wild flower


4 responses to “Sunday Quote (2012 Week 21)

  1. That’s an excellent quotation from Theodore Roethke, and one that’s appropriate for nature photographers. I spent a while searching the Internet for a more specific source for that line but couldn’t find one. The closest thing I found, at

    was: “The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948), a group of remarkable poems, traces Roethke’s spiritual biography and celebrates growing up in the atmosphere of greenhouses.” Perhaps the line is from a poem in that book.

    Steve Schwartzman

    • I found the quote on a quotation page while searching (unsuccessfully) for a different quote about weeds and wildflowers. I liked it and thought it was appropriate for this photo, especially since I picked these flowers, mostly in bloom, which wilted during the 10 minute drive home. So, I guess the light — and their life source — was truly in their roots. Given the sturdy stems, I expected them to last until I got to my camera, but the buds were interesting too. Thanks for the link. I may try to find that collection of poems at the library. Roethke is not a poet with whom I am very familiar.

      • I’m not, either, but I first got acquainted with a poem of his when I was in the Peace Corps. One of the other volunteers had read some of Roethke’s things in college, and she was particularly fond of his poem that began “I knew a woman, lovely in her bones” and ended with “(I measure time by how a body sways).”

        • Oh yes! I know that poem, likely from my time studying lit in college. Recognized his name, but couldn’t remember any of his poems. Must get out the old college poetry anthology (where all the “contemporary” poets are now likely considered “classics”). 🙂