Stop and Smell the Flowers

Rico and Roxy in front of a flower garden

I recently came across this gem from poet Mary Oliver. I think it’s a beautiful reminder to watch animals – especially our dogs, our bridges to nature – to learn how to enjoy life agenda-free using mindfulness.

I hope you enjoy!


By Mary Oliver

From Dog Songs (2013)

I had a dog

who loved flowers

Briskly she went

through the fields,

yet paused

for the honeysuckle

or the rose,

her dark head

and her wet nose


the face

of every one

with its petals

of silk,

with its fragrance


into the air

where the bees,

their bodies

heavy with pollen,


and easily

she adored

every blossom,

not in the serious

careful way

that we choose

this blossom or that blossom—

the way we praise or don’t praise—

the way we love

or don’t love—

but the way

we long to be—

that happy

in the heaven of earth—

that wild, that loving.


About Christie Green

I'm a certified health coach, intuitive healer, writer, animal-lover, and peace artist (formerly martial artist) helping clients create lives with more balance, less bark.
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2 Responses to Stop and Smell the Flowers

  1. Aashdoda says:

    This is indeed a blessing. I once had a Siberian Husky that loved to pluck the beautiful flowers but only ate Petunia’s in pink or red and only once a year. As to the roses she learned to avoid the ones with sharp thorns and wait for one sprig to place in her den/dog house. I watched her in wonder as her fascination ebbed with the season yet returned every Spring, a memory I hadn’t thought about in such a long time. What a timely gift to recall her joy and the memories that keep me warm ever still. Thank you Christie, I needed this today.
    Blessings from the Wooferville house of constant fascination with the little things in life, Aashdoda

    • Hi Aashdoda! Isn’t it funny what triggers memories, especially ones we hadn’t thought about in a long time? I’m so happy this poem brought back a lovely one for you. All the best to everyone in Wooferville!

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