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I've worked with teachers circling around this wonderful poem many times. It always opens up such wonderful reflections and sharing. A couple of years ago, part of my own reflective processing of the poem resulted in a song, Lovely Now. You can view a live studio performance of the song on YouTube at this link:

Below are the lyrics...and thanks for the inspiration, Lynn!

Lovely Now

I worked as hard as anyone could do
I worked for them, I even worked for you,
Am I lovely now, tell me, am I lovely now?

I felt as useful as any tool,
Just fold me up next to the carpenter’s rule
Am I lovely now, tell me, am I lovely now?

Whose field is this?
Whose sunshine and whose rain?
Whose plot is this?
Whose plow and whose pain?
Oh, would you cut me now?
Is that the marketable plan?
Even the mower
Sometimes lets the lilly stand.

Birds conspire with the summer clouds
No bottom line, no cheering crowds…
Am I lovely now, tell me, am I lovely now?
(whistling)
Am I lovely now, tell me, am I lovely now?

Whose field is this?
Whose sunshine and whose rain?
Whose plot is this?
Whose plow and whose pain?
Oh, would you cut me now?
Is that the marketable plan?
Even the mower
Sometimes lets the lilly stand.

Some need to bloom, others need to sing
But the sweetest work is in the Being
In the Being, in the Being,
Being Now…

Whose field is this?
Whose sunshine and whose rain?
Whose plot is this?
Whose plow and whose pain?
Oh, would you cut me now?
Is that the marketable plan?
‘Cause even the mower
Sometimes lets the lilly stand.