O Dandelion, Rich and Haughty

April 3, 2016




I mowed the lawn for the first time this year, a multi-sensory experience.  I love the smell of freshly mown grass and the sound of the mower itself — both seem to be symbolic of spring and the long days of summer.

This is also the time of year when I try to dig out all of the dandelions that have rooted in the yard over the winter.  I know they are considered weeds for the determined way they take over the lawn, but I do think they are awfully pretty, too.

Lawnmower attacking dandelions

Lawnmower attacking dandelions

The Dandelion
by Vachel Lindsay

O dandelion, rich and haughty,
King of village flowers!
Each day is coronation time,
You have no humble hours.
I like to see you bring a troop
To beat the blue-grass spears,
To scorn the lawn-mower that would be
Like fate’s triumphant shears.
Your yellow heads are cut away,
It seems your reign is o’er.
By noon you raise a sea of stars
More golden than before.

Dandelion bouquet

Dandelion bouquet


Dandelion chain

Dandelion chain


Jellybean with dandelion garland

Jellybean with dandelion garland


Watercolor sketch of dandelions

Watercolor sketch of dandelions


8 Responses to “O Dandelion, Rich and Haughty”

  1. Choral Eddie Says:

    Don’t forget that the lowly, but lovely, dandelion is the first food for the bees who very much need it…

  2. Janet Foss Says:

    How fun,

  3. Anne Timlick Says:

    Delightful!!! my sentiments exactly

  4. Anne Timlick Says:

    🤗 plus your awesome photos!

  5. Anne Timlick Says:

    🤗 plus your awesome photo art!

  6. E. Bancroft Says:

    What a wonderful blog post — from your words to the poem, the photos and finally your watercolour…. so much creativity and inspiration. Such a joy to read — I appreciate all the effort you put into it. And on top of all that you still managed to mow the lawn! 🙂

  7. shoreacres Says:

    There’s nothing like the smell of fresh-mown grass. And after weeks of our Texas dandelions, I finally spotted some of these high-class, European imports. I didn’t stop to pick a bouquet, but I thought about it. I wonder how Dixie Rose would like a dandelion chain?

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