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David M. Tookey


In the front yard, a dandelion
pride has persisted for years.
Every year they return to this
patch of Serengeti
face east and
open their faces to the
morning sun.
They cheer me
in ways I can’t quite explain.
I have a memory of seeing two
children play in a field of
these flowers.
Is that the warm feeling?
I tried to remove them once.
They returned
giving me another chance to
see their beauty.

© by David M. Tookey.
Used here with the author's permission.



David M. Tookey is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Washington state. He's grateful for time spent with family and enjoys reading, writing, baking, walking, hiking, and cycling.  David believes the most reliable way to find inspiration for poems is to always
pay attention to things, especially the little things.


Post New Comment:
I feel the exact same way about dandelions - their sight never fail to cheer me up, and your poem reminds me of them. Absolutely beautiful!
Posted 09/05/2020 11:00 AM
Wilda Morris:
Wonderful! I also love dandelions and love the way you have written about the "pride" of dandelions in your own little Serengeti!
Posted 08/30/2020 09:55 AM
Lori Levy:
Love this appreciation for the dandelion.
Posted 08/28/2020 02:54 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
David, your poem "cheers me in ways I can't quite explain." And, of course, isn't life all about "another chance to see" Beauty!
Posted 08/28/2020 10:24 AM
michael escoubas:
I'm for anything we can do to stick up for the much maligned dandelion, David. Enjoyable poem. Poets look for and hopefully find "the beautiful" in life.
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