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Six Foot Four – Sunflower

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Six Foot Four – Sunflower
What could be
more
outrageous
than
a six foot four
sunflower?
Native
of the Americas.

Perhaps…
10 tonnes of Ai Weiwei’s
famous porcelain sunflower seeds!
10 tonnes,
a tenth of those
covered
Tate Modern’s
Turbine Hall.

The perfect sunshine
yellow, fiery and proud,
stunning spirals
typically loud,
typically
times thirty-four inside,
fifty-five outside,
spirals.

Helianthus annuus
for birds,
for bread, medicine,
dyes, body paints,
sunflower oil,
livestock feed, latex
–yes, latex
six foot four!

Polly Stretton © 2015

To cheer up a miserable and overcast February afternoon, a rewrite of my 2012 poem about sunflowers, surely the most cheery of all 🙂

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34 thoughts on “Six Foot Four – Sunflower

  1. Ah.. sunflowers, the best part of spring! six foot is perfect too 😄

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  2. I love the seed pattern.

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  3. Thank you Polly! The fields of those glorious beauties will delight us here in the summer. Today it is cold and a bit grey but you have just taken me back to those delicious flowers who follow the sun. 🙂

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  4. As I stare at the pattern of seeds they start to swirl and change. Very nice but I think I’d better stop staring now!

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  5. Just what I needed to brighten my surroundings of snowy white. Thank you!

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  6. Sometimes I just don’t get art I really don’t.

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  7. A fabulous piece of sunshine Polly! I had no idea about all those spirals! Nature amazes me all the time as I keep learning more and more, it’s mind boggling! 😊

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  8. A funny homage–I would love to see that at the Tate–it reminds me of some old Walter de Maria works at the Dia Foundation–the Earth Room! k.

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  9. Did you see Weiwei’s sunflower seeds? I wish I had! Great poem, very evocative 🙂

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