Bless the Grass — and the Truth!

I have long loved Malvina Reynolds and her amazing music.  On my walk this morning I saw this beautiful little flower pushing through the concrete and was reminded again of Malvina’s song — “god bless the grass.”  Unfortunately, there is not a recording of this song by Malvina on iTunes (although some songs of hers are there).  But Sara Thomsen, and also Pete Seeger, both have beautiful recordings of the song.  I had not listened to the words in quite a while, so it was especially meaningful to realize the connection that Malvina drew between the grass growing through cement, and

“the truth,
that fights toward the sun;
the lies roll over it, and think that it is done.
It moves through the ground, and reaches for the air
And after a while, it’s growing everywhere.”

I wish Sara Thomsen had a YouTube Video of “god bless the grass,” but she does have a wonderful YouTube collection of other songs, and this one in particular will be one of my all-time favorites!  A Woman’s Place … you will not regret taking a few minutes to view this!

About Peggy L Chinn

feminist, nurse activist, writer, founding editor of ANS Advances in Nursing Science, quilter, grandmother nurturing the future of the amazing children in my life.
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4 Responses to Bless the Grass — and the Truth!

  1. Speaking from a strictly male perspective – That video was amazing. I’d like to send this to my Aunt Sherry. She is one very powerful woman, who has endured a lot. It is not my place to go into detail about that, but I will say that she has had a lot of trials and triumphs.

    I came to your video in an odd manner: I post a lot on facebook – wanting to be recognized for my writing. I used to write articles on Mylot, but I could not seem to market myself well. In time, I realized that interest is a reciprocal thing. So, I decided to start commenting on OTHER people’s stuff. Not just anybody’s; just those who seemed to resonate with my feelings at that time.

    There’s this woman who has been leaving comments on my Status page; and finally, my curiosity got the better of me and I clicked on her name. In her own status page, she had a picture of some flower growing up through wood. It reminded me of flowers growing through concrete; and how phenomenal that little act is. I wanted to try and post an image of flowers growing through concrete; and so I went to Google images. I had to surf Youtube to figure out how to download an image to my computer; and then to upload it to her status page where my comment was. I did that and came back and kept going through the Google images. Finally I hit upon an interesting one: Those blue flowers of yours. I clicked once more; and it brought me to this page. The caption or description of the video drew my attention; and so I clicked on the video to watch it and was glad that I did.

    It’s amazing how we’re so connected; and how little things can help us realize that again.

    • peggychinn says:

      Thank you so much for sharing the story of how you got to this little picture, and my blog! I am delighted to share your story with others who read my blog! Peggy

  2. Rhonda says:

    OMG! That video is phenomenal!

  3. Jane K says:

    That was wonderful! I enjoyed it – thanks for sharing.

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