“…when you walk past a flower, whether it be in somebody’s garden or on a vacant hillside, the flower will always smile at you. The most polite way to respond, I’ve been told, is to cheerfully return the smile.” — Japanese proverb

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U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz said in his 98th year that all he wanted to do was write poems and be in the garden. He wrote of his tendency to brush against the flowers while walking in the seaside garden of his Provincetown home, anticipating the fragrant eloquence of their response.

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Photo by Jan Logozzo © 2013


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